Back 2 School: Local hospitals offer baseline concussion testing

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Local hospitals are offering parents a way to monitor their children for concussions.

It's called the baseline concussion test.

As many as two million U.S. children suffer concussions each year, according to a study in the journal "Pediatrics."

The Mayo Clinic says concussions can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, fatigue, and delayed response to questions.

During a baseline concussion test, kids sit in front of a computer or iPad and answer questions about words, shapes, letters, and numbers.

Bellin Health, Prevea, ThedaCare, and Aurora BayCare all offer baseline concussion testing.

"Thus when they get a concussion, they can compare it and say, hey, where are they at compared to that baseline that was maybe done six months ago, six weeks ago, maybe two years ago," says Mark Husen, Bellin Health Sports Medicine.

The cost is about $20 or less.

Parents can talk to pediatricians or their child's high school about where and how to get the baseline concussion test.



 
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