UF to offer free baseline concussion tests for local children

The University of Florida will offer free baseline concussion tests for children ages 9 to 18 on Saturday, January 26 and Saturday, February 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at HealthStreet, 2401 S.W. Archer Rd., Gainesville. The testing is hosted by the Concussion Surveillance and Management Project led by Health IMPACTS for Florida, a community research project conducted in partnership with Florida State University researchers.

Trained UF students will evaluate participants using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, a standardized method of assessing concussion. Baseline concussion tests collect information on how an individual normally performs on the test, which may help health professionals make treatment decisions if a concussion is suspected in the future. Participants will receive a printed copy of their test results to share with health care providers in the event of a possible concussion. They also may opt to have their results de-identified and included in a database to assist future concussion research in children and help improve the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool.

Athlete Brain, a student organization affiliated with UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions, also will provide concussion-related resources and information. The organization promotes concussion awareness and education in the community.