SCAT2 to SCAT3: What’s Changed

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We added the SCAT2 to Presagia Sports almost a year ago and we were blown away by how well it’s been received and appreciated by our customers. Integrating the concussion assessment tool has meant that athletic trainers and other members of the medical team can easily evaluate athletes for concussions with a consistent and convenient tool. Accessible on smartphones and tablets, assessments can be conducted virtually anywhere and all concussion information is centrally stored within each athlete’s record for instant recall by authorized users when needed.

When the original SCAT was first published in 2005 at the International Conference on Concussion in Sport, it was seen as an “initial mandate.” The SCAT2 was subsequently released in 2008. In 2013, the SCAT3 was published and we worked quickly to upgrade Presagia Sports to incorporate the changes.

So what’s different in the SCAT3?

Overall, the SCAT3 is very similar to the SCAT2, with some refinements. The sections are now in a different order, wording has been improved, and it now includes a neck examination, a modified balance examination and some background health questions the person conducting the assessment must ask the athlete. The overall SCAT score has been removed and the scoring summary has been modified to be more useful.

The SCAT2 was designed to be used on children 10 years old and up but the SCAT3 is meant to be used on athletes 13 years and older. As such, the first SCAT intended specifically for young children was published in conjunction with the SCAT3 as the Child SCAT3.

The SCAT3 is fully integrated within Presagia Sports and we've made a few enhancements of our own as well. Users can now indicate the reason for each assessment. The reason can be directly linked to an unresolved injury or users can enter their own text description. The built in timer used during the balance examination has also been updated with pause, resume and reset capabilities.

Concussions can be extremely dangerous, especially because an athlete who has recently suffered a concussion has an increased susceptibility to another occurrence of brain injury. Therefore, careful assessment and monitoring is called for. While the SCAT3 is an easy to use tool, it was designed to be used by trained health professionals. If an athlete is suspected to have suffered a concussion, your safest move is to remove them from the game or practice and seek a medical evaluation.

For more information about the SCAT3 and concussions, download our Keep Their Heads in the Game: Manage Concussion Assessments like a Pro with the SCAT3.

 

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