Head impacts and concussions are one of the most common sports-related injuries. It is estimated that there will be 1.8 to 3.2 million concussions among children and adolescents this year. An annual assessment of your athlete’s brain health should be a routine part of their preventive healthcare.
At MedSpring, our team of highly qualified healthcare professionals use the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit to get an accurate assessment of your athlete’s brain health. When a suspected concussion or head injury occurs, the ClearEdge Toolkit is used to help guide our medical team with appropriate treatment decisions for your athlete's recovery ensuring a safe re-entry back into their sports activity.
If it's determined that the concussion needs further neurological assessment, our MedSpring team will gladly make an appointment with a concussion neurologist on your behalf.
According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
An annual assessment of your athlete’s brain health, starting with a baseline test, should be a routine part of their preventive healthcare. A baseline test should be performed at the beginning of each sports season to document your athlete’s brain health. At MedSpring, our medical team uses the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit to get an accurate assessment of your athlete’s brain health. When a suspected concussion or head injury occurs, the ClearEdge Toolkit allows our healthcare providers the ability to compare post-event tests with healthy baseline tests to determine appropriate treatment decisions for your athlete's recovery.
Bring your athlete and this coupon to your nearest participating MedSpring* for a discounted brain health assessment.
What is a baseline test?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a baseline test is a pre-season exam conducted by a trained health care professional. Baseline tests are used to assess an athlete’s balance and brain function (including learning and memory skills, ability to pay attention or concentrate, and how quickly he or she thinks and solve problems), as well as for the presence of any concussion symptoms. Results from baseline tests (or pre-injury tests) can be used and compared to a similar exam conducted by a health care professional during the season if an athlete has a suspected concussion.
What is a typical baseline test like?
Baseline testing is available to anyone over the age of nine (9). It is simple, painless, and only requires a few steps:
1) REGISTER: Patient or parent/legal guardian (if patient is under the age of 18) registers online prior to testing day by visiting https://portal.clearedgetest.com
2) SCHEDULE: Select an arrival time in advance of your baseline test by clicking on a participating center under the Locations tab above. Baseline tests are only available at these select DFW-area MedSpring centers in Keller
, Presidio Vista-Ft Worth
3) ARRIVE AND TEST: Arrive at the selected MedSpring center during your pre-selected arrival time. Our trained staff will conduct about twenty minutes of testing which consist of:
Symptoms collection: Patients note any symptoms or pain they are experiencing
Four cognitive tests are administered on a tablet
Eight 30-second balance tests
4) COMPLETE: Results are saved in the ClearEdge Portal and can be accessed by a MedSpring provider if ever needed for comparison after an injury occurs.
MedSpring diagnoses, manages, and treats concussions and head injuries. Using the ClearEdge Brain Health Toolkit, our medical team will get an accurate assessment of your athlete’s brain health. When a suspected concussion or head injury occurs,the ClearEdge Toolkit allows our healthcare providers the ability to compare post-event tests with healthy baseline tests to assess brain health and determine appropriate treatment decisions for your athlete's recovery. The ClearEdge Toolkit also helps manage and monitor the Return to Play protocol for your athlete, insuring a safe re-entry back into the sport.
If the MedSpring healthcare provider determines that the concussion needs further neurological assessment, an appointment will be made with a concussion neurologist on your behalf.
How does the ClearEdge Toolkit work?
The ClearEdge tablet collects patient information, injury history, and symptoms. An Edge Sensor (wireless inertial measurement unit worn on the patient’s lower back) collects and transmits objective balance data to the tablet. Proprietary software analyzes and creates clinical reports for immediate review including both cognitive and balance activity.
Return to Activity Programs
Recovery from a concussion is a complex process that involves rest and accommodations to allow for the brain to heal. MedSpring will help guide your athlete and student through a graduated and proven return to activity process. Our medical team employs a Return to Play protocol that ensures your athlete safe re-entry back into their sports activity and our Return to Learn program will make sure your student can participate in an appropriate amount of classroom and home-based learning while not interfering with the recovery process.
At MedSpring, our medical team works with the parent and patient after a concussion has been diagnosed by guiding them through the graduated return to activity protocols with resources that help track their progress. As a patient is able to successfully participate in the activities listed in each stage or step, without becoming symptomatic, they may transition to the next step on the following day. It is important to know that patients cannot be taking any pain medications when they are enrolled in the Return to Play program as it can mask symptoms from the concussion.
Important: The concussed patient must return to the MedSpring center 5-8 days after the original concussion diagnosis for a follow-up test. Athletes cannot return to play until a MedSpring healthcare provider has signed off on the completion of the Return to Play steps that have been monitored by a parent, coach and/or trainer.
More Program FAQ's
Why choose MedSpring Urgent Care for your child's brain health assessment?
- Open 8am to 8pm every day including weekends and holidays.
- Hold a same-day / next day spot in line that meets your schedule. Walk-ins also welcome.
- Free snacks, beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait
- Comfortable patient suites and children's activities
*Concussion management services and baseline testing are only available at these select DFW-area MedSpring centers in Keller, Presidio Vista-Ft Worth and Richardson.