Table 4.

Standardized instruments, online courses, and resources available for assessing or monitoring patients experiencing concussion symptoms

For physicians
  • Comprehensive general assessmentSCAT3*Complete tool developed in 2013; it has detailed instructions for
  • General assessment of childrenChildSCAT3Specific version for children 5 to 12 y
  • Alternative quick medical assessment and information resourceACEAlternative tool for assessment, presented as a physician office
  • Posttraumatic amnesiaA-WPTASPicture recognition included (page 44)
  • Static postural stabilityBESSFully explained BESS test with photos
  • Clinical informationANNSummary of evidence-based management for
• Tool to identify concussion in children, youth, and adultsPocket concussion recognition card, 2013Summary of evaluative steps based on the consensus statement for concussion in sports
  • Online courseHeads Up for physicians5-step course with evaluation
For family members, teachers, and coaches
  • Comprehensive information resource (English and French)MCH Trauma Concussion KitInformation brochure and pocket cards; game-specific suggested steps for return to
  • EducationSafety information, teaching activities, and resourcesFor home, school, or community educational
  • Guidelines and definitionsANNSummary of evidence-based evaluation and management for patients and
  • Educational videos for different audiencesSport Concussion LibraryRegistration and account creation is
  • Online courseHeads Up5-step course for the general
  • ACE—Acute Concussion Evaluation, ANN—American Academy of Neurology, A-WPTAS—Abbreviated Westmead Post Traumatic Amnesia Scale, BESS—Balance Error Scoring System, MCH—Montreal Children’s Hospital, MHI—mild head injury, SCAT3—Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, version 3.

  • * The SCAT3 can be used for specific assessment of MHI symptoms, sideline diagnosis of concussion (Maddocks score), balance assessment (modified BESS test), and evaluation of cognition, memory, concentration, and coordination.