More about Athlete Concussion Testing and the Cogstate CCAT

Cogstate addresses the current movement in Canada to support concussion testing for Athletes  by providing an online and affordable Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT). 

Schools, leagues and clubs provide Baseline tests to help protect their Athletes' health and safety. A preseason Baseline test (also called cognitive, neurocognitive, or neuropsychological test) establishes an Athlete's brain speed and accuracy. If a concussion is suspected, under the care of a Healthcare Provider, the Athlete takes an After Injury test. The results are compared to help identify change in cognition. This is important because cognitive recovery often lags behind other concussion symptoms.

The Cogstate CCAT makes testing easy, convenient and affordable. It is one of many tools that Healthcare Providers use to determine the appropriate return-to-play/return-toclassroom timeframe for Athletes after they’ve experienced head injuries. 

About the Test

A Baseline test measures current cognitive performance. It's a snapshot of processing speed, working memory, attention, and accuracy. An After Injury test detects changes from that Baseline performance. 

The tasks feature playing cards which are universally understood regardless of language or age. Results are available immediately and the test is repeatable without concern for practice effects. 

The tasks are:

  1. Has the Card Turned Over? - This test records your reaction time by asking you to identify when a card has turned from face-down to face-up. The task is a measure of processing speed and attention.
  2. Is the Card Red? – This task asks you to indicate if a card is red or black. The task is a measure of decision-making speed (choice reaction time), vigilance, attention and concentration.
  3. Have You Seen this Card Before In this Task? – This task requires you to choose whether or not a playing card has been shown previously during the task. The task is a measure of new learning and memory, and is considered a higher level task.
  4. Is the Previous Card the Same? – This task asks you to identify if the current face-up card matches the previous card. The task is a measurement of working memory.
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