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Save the Brain and Kalispell Regional Healthcare have come to consensus on concussion management strategies for youth involved in athletics. Save the Brain Concussion Campaign Consensus Recommendations
Beyond reaching consensus regarding strategies for concussion management, Save the Brain and Kalispell Regional Healthcare recommend proper usage of informational documents and tools for those involved in the management of concussions.

Please consider attending a training session to learn how to use the recommended documents.

Validated Tools Recommended by Save the Brain

Biodex Balance Assessment uses the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration and Balance. Clinicians have the ability to quantify the elements of balance before and after an injury. The test assesses all three sensory feedback systems (visual, vestibular and somatosensory).

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the most widely used and scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation tool. Trained and certified clinicians utilizing this neurocognitive assessment tool track multiple cognitive functions including attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, nonverbal problem solving and reaction time. Clinicians have the ability to quantify the elements of balance before and after an injury. The test assesses all three sensory feedback systems (visual, vestibular and somatosensory).

Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, 3rd Edition (SCAT3), is a standardized tool for evaluating athletes before and after injury.

Return to play protocol includes six graduated steps of recovery for returning to activity after concussion. The return to play protocol should be monitored by a licensed health care provider who has been trained in concussion management.

Return to learn protocol is recommended as a guide for successfully resuming learning after concussion. Concussed students should undergo a period of cognitive rest followed by a gradual, staged increase in cognitive activity before resuming a normal academic schedule.

The Biodex Balance Assessment and ImPACT are available through the Summit Medical Fitness Center. Contact April Terry at (406) 751-4533 with questions or to schedule baseline testing.