The SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating for a suspected concussion with individuals aged 13 years and older. It is also used as Baseline Testing for youth and adult athletes prior to an athletic season. So, if a concussion is experienced within the season we have their baseline normal to compare to which can help guide their return to sport.

Many youth and high school team perform a simple baseline test preseason, but the SCAT5 is a thorough test only performed by a health care provider. It is an objective test that evaluates many systems of function.

For children aged 12 and under, the Child SCAT5 is utilized. Dr. St. Pierre is an experienced administer of the test and encourages all youth teams and parents to consider the SCAT 5 at the beginning of each athletic year. 

The SCAT5 scoring summary includes the following sections:

  • Red flags
  • Memory assessment – Maddocks Questions
  • Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) examination
  • Cervical spine assessment
  • Symptom evaluation
  • Cognitive screening
  • Neurological screening
  • Balance examination
  • Delayed recall

What is the Child-SCAT5?

The Child SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating injured children for concussion and can be used in children aged from 5 to 12 years. For older persons aged 13 years and over, please use the SCAT5.