Dr. Tanya Polec, a neuro-optometrist, recently wrote about the importance of baseline screening for concussions. Dr. Polec has first-hand experience with concussions. In third grade, she had an accident on the playground that resulted in difficulty reading, so she knows how important it is to have baseline testing.
Baseline screening for concussions is important because it gives healthcare providers a base to work from. Dr. Polec discusses the importance of testing visual skills in addition to cognitive performance in baseline testing. She also advocates that testing to be completed for all children, not just athletes, because concussions can happen anywhere from the field to a car accident to a seemingly-simple fall.