Doctor says baseline test is smart for any active youth, adult

Around the country this weekend, high school athletes were taking baseline concussion tests. From Missoula, Mont., to Bethesda, Md., athletes were focused on computer screens, answering questions they might have to answer again if they suffer a head injury.

The Tacoma News Tribune told parents why athletes need a baseline concussion test, talking to Josh Waltier, director of athletic training for Apple Physical Therapy.

Waltier said the baseline testing will make it easier for trainers to diagnose a concussion and help parents in getting their kids back on the field at the right time.

That goes for the pros, too. A Dallas-based brain specialist told United Press International that NFL and NHL players need to take preseason baseline concussion testing seriously.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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