Back in April, we introduced you to Axon Sports and its online tool for managing athletes’ concussions. Now, with the summer in full swing, we not only have club sports and camps to think about, but also the fall sports season that is just around the corner.  Eastbay and Axon Sports have done a little teaming-up of our own this summer to make sure that you’re prepared for your upcoming sports seasons with our top reasons to get a Baseline test.

#1 Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

The primary purpose of the Baseline test is to measure what neither you nor a physician can see—changes in brain function.  Once there is a baseline measurement for your personal functioning levels, it’ll be possible to measure any change in cognition due to injury, whether or not you’re noticing obvious symptoms.  It takes some of the guesswork out of managing concussions and lets you get back to the game as soon as you’re back to your normal, baseline level.

#2 It goes with you, home or on the road.

The nice thing about a Baseline test with Axon Sports specifically is that your results are stored in your secure account on the Axon Sports website, so that instead of being trapped in a physician’s office, they’re accessible to you.  No matter what sport, season or location, your test results are there with you.  Plus, your test results are stored for a minimum of 15 years.  They’re guaranteed to be at your disposal through club sports, school seasons, summer camps and everywhere in between.

#3 The most valuable part of the game isn’t 100% protected.

No piece of equipment out there can fully protect an athlete from sustaining a concussion.  We’ve seen this proven even recently.  Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion last December and it wasn’t his first.  He was clearly disoriented immediately following the impact and there was discussion all the way into February on if/how these injuries would affect his Super Bowl play. Even more shocking, was the May 18th game when New York Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson took a fastball to the head.  The pitch was enough to crack his helmet and drop Dickerson to the dirt.  He returned to play a few days later, only after examination by a neurologist.

Of course, no player would consider competing without the necessary equipment.  Equipment standards have come a long way and are continuing to make players safer.  But while equipment regulations are changing, it’s a slow process, and as of yet, we still haven’t seen any sport with completely concussion-proof helmets.

#4 Multiple injuries can sideline your career.

Without a Baseline test and another test after injury, it’s always a possibility that an athlete will return to the game too soon.  At that point, he or she is at risk of being injured again, when the brain is not fully healed.  We’re seeing it discussed more and more as big-time athletes rack up injuries, some to the point of forcing early retirement.  One concussion is rarely permanent, but repeated injury, especially on top of a still-healing brain, could put your sports career in jeopardy.  And it’s happening at earlier and earlier ages.  Student athletes who return too quickly can be left with not only a career that ended prematurely, but also difficulties in the classroom and with exercise in general.  A Baseline test allows you and your team to be sure your condition is stable enough to return.

#5 Do it like the best do.

As athletes get faster and stronger, the competition gets more intense.  Professional sports have already implemented rules on treating concussions and preventing head-related fouls. The NFL is releasing new guidelines for the 2011 season aimed at determining when an athlete is ready to return after a head injury. And that movement has been starting to trickle down to college organizations like the NCAA, who is now giving their recommendation to concussion testing as well.  Even high school level concussion rates have doubled in the last decade, but it may be years before schools take the initiative to get players tested at a national level. At this point, athletes are getting more serious, and so is the injury risk.  Getting a Baseline test is part of taking your game, as well as the future of your career, seriously.

If you’re ready to get started, sign up with Axon Sports.