Brain Injury

Cogstate’s computerized concussion test and management system is used by professional, elite and amateur athletes and is currently utilized in 50 countries worldwide.

The technology is proven sensitive to mild cognitive changes and assists Medical Providers in measuring the cognitive function of athletes after suspected concussions or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Athletes establish a baseline of their current cognitive performance, which is a measure of processing speed, working memory, attention and accuracy, using the Cogstate Brief Battery™. Repeating the same tests after injury identifies any cognitive changes from the baseline test performance. This helps indicate whether the brain has fully recovered. Medical Providers use the test results, along with the Athlete’s reported concussion symptoms, in making decisions about when it is safe for Athlete to return to practice or competitive play.

The tests feature playing cards, which are universally understood regardless of language or age.  On average, Athletes can complete baseline tests in 10 to 12 minutes. The test is easily administered and results are available immediately and the test can be repeatable without concern for practice effects.

The Tests

Detection Test

This simple reaction time test asks you to identify when a card has turned from face-down to face-up. The test is a measure of processing speed and attention.

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Identification Test

This test asks you to indicate if a card is red or black. The test is a measure of decision-making speed (or choice reaction time), vigilance, attention and concentration.

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One Card Learning Test

This test requires you to choose whether or not a playing card has been shown previously during the test. The test is a measure of new learning and memory, and is considered a higher level test.

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One Back Test

This test asks you to identify if the current face-up card matches the previous card. The test is a measurement of working memory.

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