Biodex Balance Assessment for Concussion Management

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Overview

Help athletes safely return to play with Biodex Balance Assessment for Concussion Management

A decreased ability to maintain balance is one of the hallmark signs of concussion.

Combined Assessment
Biodex Balance Assessment adds the objective, neurophysical component for the management of concussion. The benefit is that clinicians are able to quantify the elements of balance - before and after an injury occurs.

Detailed summary and progress reports track recovery and provide the medical team with quantitative data to help with the return-to-play decision.


Biodex Balance Technology
Balance System SDPortable BioswayBiodex Balance Assessment is
conducted using either the versatile
Balance System SD or portable BioSway. The Biodex Balance System SD is a sophisticated measuring and training device for static and dynamic balance testing and training. The BioSway is a portable balance device with a static-only platform.

The mCTSIB can be performed on either Biodex balance device, designed to systematically test the sensory selection process by compromising available somatosensory, visual, and vestibular senses while measuring an athlete’s ability to minimize postural sway. The Sway Index is an objective quantification of postural sway and is measured during the mCTSIB. The test provides a generalized assessment of how well an athlete can integrate various senses with respect to balance, and compensate when one or more of those senses are compromised. A higher Sway Index indicates a reduction in the athlete’s ability to remain steady during the test.

In addition to performing the CTSIB test, the NEW version of the Balance System SD and BioSway software now includes the option of conducting a modified version of a Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test of postural stability, popular for concussion management. Both systems now feature the ability to create custom sensory integration balance testing which allows for modification of existing or the creation of entirely new protocols with both the CTSIB and BESS tests.4 Both systems feature the ability to perform a modified version of the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance (CTSIB) for postural stability, popular for concussion management. Modify existing CTSIB and BESS test parameters or create custom sensory integration protocols.4


Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance (CTSIB)
The Biodex mCTSIB quantifies postural sway under these four sensory conditions

Eyes Open,
Firm Surface
Provides a baseline. Information available by all three sensory inputs: Somatosensory, visual and vestibular
Eyes Closed,
Firm Surface
Visual not available; somatosensory and vestibular are available. If the athlete performs poorly, the vestibular
or somatosensory may be compromised, with an increase in visual dependency.
Eyes Open,
Unstable Surface
Somatosensory compromised; visual and vestibular are available. If the athlete performed poorly, visual or vestibular may be compromised, with an increase in somatosensory dependency.
Eyes Closed,
Unstable Surface
Visual not available; somatosensory compromised, only vestibular available. Concussed athletes are
most likely to present problems in this condition. If performance is reduced beyond normal or baseline readings, the vestibular system may be disrupted.

 

References

1 Guskiewicz, KM, et al, Postural Stability and Neuropsychological Deficits After Concussion in Collegiate Athletes (Journal of Athletic Training 2001;36(3):263–273
2 Valovich McLeod T, The Value of Various Assessment Techniques in Detecting the Effects of Concussion on Cognition, Symptoms, and Postural Control. Journal of Athletic Training 2009;44(6):663–665
3 Broglio SP, Macciocchi SN, Ferrara MS. Sensitivity of the concussion assessment battery. Neurosurgery. 2007;60:1050-1057; discussion 1057-1058.
4 Finnoff, JT, et al (2009). Intrarater and Interrater Reliability of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS). PM&R, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2009
5 McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Johnston K, Dvorak J, Aubry M, Molloy M, et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport the 3rd International
Conference on concussion in sport, held in Zurich, November 2008. J Clin Neurosci. 2009;16:755–63.
6 Guskiewicz, KM, et al (2004). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Management of Sport-Related Concussion Journal of
Athletic Training 2004;39(3):280–297

Balance Assessment

Best Practices in Concussion Management

Concussion should be approached through a multifaceted assessment, and each component of the assessment process should focus on distinct aspects of an athlete’s function.3

Measuring Balance
Research shows that athletes often demonstrate decreased stability post-concussion.1 The postural stability deficit can best be explained by a sensory interaction problem that prevents concussed athletes from accurately using and exchanging sensory information from the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems.1 Difficulty in postural sway control can persist even after signs and symptoms of concussion subside.2 More simply stated, the athlete may appear asymptomatic and even pass a computerized cognitive test, however, the lingering effects of a balance disturbance from head trauma would go otherwise undetected without a balance assessment.

In fact, research has shown that balance assessment, in combination with cognitive testing and a graded symptoms checklist, increases overall sensitivity to greater than 90%.3

“Formal cognitive and postural-stability testing is recommended to assist in determining injury severity and readiness to return to play (RTP).” 6
– NATA® Position Statement on Sport-related Concussion

Measuring Postural Sway
Postural stability testing is an accepted objective measure in the evaluation of athletes with acute cerebral concussion. Large negative effects in postural sway are often identified at both immediate and follow-up assessment points, demonstrating the need for assessment of postural control as part of a concussion protocol. Biodex Balance Assessment goes beyond objective balance testing for changes in postural sway. Using the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance (CTSIB), independent testing of all three sensory feedback systems can determine the individual's reliance on the visual, vestibular and somatosensory systems.


Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance

The Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance (CTSIB) is the accepted, standardized assessment that identifies and tracks disturbances in balance and the three associated sensory systems. Combined with today’s technological advances, this test provides the sports medicine community with a more accurate and objective assessment tool for evaluating postural stability.

 

References

1 Guskiewicz, KM, et al, Postural Stability and Neuropsychological Deficits After Concussion in Collegiate Athletes (Journal of Athletic Training 2001;36(3):263–273
2 Valovich McLeod T, The Value of Various Assessment Techniques in Detecting the Effects of Concussion on Cognition, Symptoms, and Postural Control. Journal of Athletic Training 2009;44(6):663–665
3 Broglio SP, Macciocchi SN, Ferrara MS. Sensitivity of the concussion assessment battery. Neurosurgery. 2007;60:1050-1057; discussion 1057-1058.
4 Finnoff, JT, et al (2009). Intrarater and Interrater Reliability of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS). PM&R, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2009
5 McCrory P, Meeuwisse W, Johnston K, Dvorak J, Aubry M, Molloy M, et al. Consensus statement on concussion in sport the 3rd International
Conference on concussion in sport, held in Zurich, November 2008. J Clin Neurosci. 2009;16:755–63.
6 Guskiewicz, KM, et al (2004). National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Management of Sport-Related Concussion Journal of
Athletic Training 2004;39(3):280–297

Elements

Elements of the Biodex Balance Assessment Program

  • Objective Balance Assessment
    Both the Biodex Balance System SD and the portable BioSway deliver objective preseason baseline and post-injury balance assessment and provide extensive reporting capabilities for post-injury comparison.

    These devices provide the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration of Balance (mCTSIB) and the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) test for postural stability, both suitable for concussion. The mCTSIB and BESS tests can be customized to suit your facility’s needs..

    Both products not only provide a balance assessment program for concussion management, but also offer multiple rehabilitation training protocols that can be used across a broad scope of athletic populations for general orthopedic and neuromuscular rehabilitation and athletic conditioning.
  • NEW Extensive Normative Data
    Test results from a healthy population of student-athletes are stored on the system for general normative data comparison.
  • Summary & Progress Reports 
    Show status, progress and outcomes of balance tests. These reports can be forwarded to doctors, coaches, parents, or athletes to provide quantitative data that substantiates return-to-play decisions.


Education and Marketing Support

  • Marketing Support Materials
    Biodex provides an assortment of customizable marketing support materials that you can use to educate Physicians, Athletic Directors, Parents and Athletes on the importance of Baseline and Post-Injury Balance Assessment.
  • Workshops & Education
    Biodex University and co-sponsored concussion management workshops are scheduled regularly.

Documentation

The objective measure from postural stability/balance testing provides clinicians with an important additional piece of the concussion puzzle and assists them in determining readiness for return to play. 1

Objective Documentation

Data from objective measures of postural stability is a critical component in determining severity of injury and post-injury recovery. Both the Biodex Balance System SD and portable BioSway provide postural stability/balance testing with objective documentation including detailed baseline and post-injury summary reports and progress reports with comparison to normative data. Reports are used to track recovery and can be forwarded to doctors, coaches, parents or athletes to provide quantitative data that substantiates return-to-play decisions.

NEW normative databases are available targeting athletic population for a leading edge with balance assessment for concussion management.
Follow an athlete's progress from baseline testing through post-injury evaluation.

1.

Administer Baseline Balance Assessment
Postural stability is determined by measuring postural sway. The mCTSIB test objectively quantifies sway under four separate sensory conditions.

1) Eyes Open, Firm Surface - somatosensory, visual and vestibular.
2) Eyes Closed, Firm Surface - somatosensory and vestibular are available.
3) Eyes Open, Unstable Surface - visual and vestibular are available.
4) Eyes Closed, Unstable Surface - vestibular only.
CTSIB Test Results
   
2.

In the event of an Injury
All four mCTSIB conditions are re-tested, documented and compared to baseline assessment and/or normative data.

     
3.

Progress Reports document change over time and provide multiple reporting options:

  • Stores in Balance Assessment device
  • Printable
  • Coverts to PDF format
  • Emailable
  • Imports into Biodex software database
  • Downloadable to PC
  • Can be archived
Objective Documentation
   
4. Follow-up Evaluation
Repeat balance assessment testing in the days following injury to track recovery using preseason baseline testing as a guideline.



DISCLAIMER: The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice but as a guideline to assessing athletes following a concussion. Always seek the care of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have about a medical condition. If there is any question/concern about the athlete's status then recommend not returning to play.

Marketing Support

Concussion Management –
Make it Your Business!

Available exclusively to our customers using Balance Assessment in support of a concussion management program, Biodex provides an assortment of marketing materials to attract athletes, parents, community sports teams, school coaches and athletic directors, as well as referring pediatricians. Materials can be customized to reflect your facility and used to broadcast the role of Balance Assessment in the management of concussion.

Materials include:

  • Sample Letters to coaches and athletic directors, pediatricians or referring physicians and to the parents of local team athletes.
  • Sample Press Release for local newspapers.
  • Tri-Fold Brochure, customized with your facility contact information, to use as follow up to the letters, placed in the waiting room, or sent to anyone that would benefit by learning about your program.
  • Clinical Voucher, customized with your facility contact information, to send to partnering physicians directing athletes to your facility for baseline testing.
  • Concussion Posters to display in your own facility or with partnering physicians, alerting patients to your Balance Assessment Program.

Models and Ordering

To order, call 1-800-224-6339

Free CertificationBiodex Balance System SD:

Features static and dynamic balance testing and training. The Balance System SD not only serves your concussion management needs, but standardized athlete knee injury screening tests, plus six interactive training modes to provide valuable and effective proprioceptive and neuromuscular training.

950-440 Balance System SD,
Includes Indexed CTSIB Pad, Printer and Printer Stand.

Biodex Balance System SDResources Included:

  • NEW eLearning Tutorials for increased product utilization.
  • Marketing Support for Balance Assessment for Concussion Management.
  • CTSIB Utility Software for storing baseline test results, compare to post-injury balance assessments and manage progress with documentation.
  • Patient Data Collection Utility Software easily converts test results to a .csv file or Excel to run statistical analysis and create normative data.
  • FREE CERTIFICATION... Purchase a Biodex Balance System SD or portable BioSway and Biodex provides a registration for Concussion Health certification at no cost (a $350 value).  Click here for more information.


Concussion Utility Upgrade for existing Balance System SD* owners:

To upgrade your Balance System SD (software v1.3 or higher), you will need to download our CTSIB Utility Software and purchase the Indexed Foam Pad.

Optional:

950-303 Pad, CTSIB Indexed  
950-430 VibroTactile™ System
Includes transmitter, two tactile belts (S/M and L/XL), each with wireless receiver and connection cables.
 

 

Portable BioSwayBiodex Portable BioSway:

The portable BioSway utilizes a static-only platform for balance testing and training. It features a lightweight, portable instrumented platform, easy-to-use 12" color, touch-screen display, standardized testing, interactive training, plus a hard shell travel case – perfect for when testing is brought to the athlete.

950-460 BioSway, 12.1" Display with Tabletop Stand and Case
950-461 BioSway, 12.1" Display with Tabletop Stand
Includes: Instrumented platform, CTSIB Indexed Pad, 12.1" color touch-screen LCD display with tabletop stand/wall mount bracket, AC adapter for 100-240 V input and two blindfolds. 

Optional:

950-462 BioSway Travel Case
(Fits 12.1" Display)
950-465 Adjustable Height Stand for 12.1" Display
950-464 HP Office Jet Printer (compact portable printer)
950-467 HP InkJet Printer
950-466 Printer Stand
950-430 VibroTactile™ System
Includes transmitter, two tactile belts (S/M and L/XL), each with wireless receiver and connection cables.

 

Resources Included:

  • NEW eLearning Tutorials for increased product utilization.
  • Marketing Support for Balance Assessment for Concussion Management.
  • CTSIB Utility Software for storing baseline test results, compare to post-injury balance assessments and manage progress with documentation.
  • Patient Data Collection Utility Software easily converts test results to a .csv file or Excel to run statistical analysis and create normative data.


Concussion Utility Upgrade
for existing BioSway* owners:

To upgrade your BioSway, you will need to download our CTSIB Utility Software and purchase Adjustable Height Display Stand and Printer.

*Software Upgrades Available. 
Contact Biodex Customer Service or click here to download.


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1-800-224-6339
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Biodex Balance Assessment for Concussion Management

What They Are Saying
Presbyterian Healthcare
Manager of Athletic Training
Spencer Elliott, MA, LAT, ATC

“We chose to use the Biodex BioSway as our primary vestibular assessment tool based on its simplicity for our clinical staff.”

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