Loyola University Health System

Baseline brain testing grows in popularity

Baseline brain testing grows in popularity

Amid growing concerns about concussions, more student athletes are having their brain function tested prior to injury in a procedure called baseline testing that is becoming increasingly mainstream.

Baseline tests can be used for comparison to neurological exams after an athlete suffers a concussion to help choose the best treatment.

The tests, on the market for a few years, are used mostly by school athletic programs and collegiate and professional teams.

This summer, HeadFirst began offering the test to patients at concussion centers in Gambrills and Annapolis. HeadFirst, an affiliate of Crofton-based Righttime Medical Care, uses the ImPact test.

But even as...