Pros of SCAT5:
- Instant Access
Cons of SCAT5:
- No electronic record keeping (paper and pencil version)
- Baseline testing must be done one-on-one by a healthcare provider and takes 35-45 minutes for a complete exam
- Lacks validity indicators
- Limited normative data on a few select sports in the US
- Limited research support for current version
- Significantly decreased utility after 3-5 days post injury
What is SCAT5?
Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5) is a standardized concussion assessment, available as a pdf, used by healthcare providers when a concussion is suspected in athletes ages 12 and older. For younger athletes, there is the Child SCAT5 for ages 5-12. For those who aren’t licensed healthcare providers, there is the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5). The CRT5 is used to identify possible concussions, but does not diagnose them.
Before making any decisions, read through the Buyer’s Guide for 8 questions you should be asking before choosing a concussion assessment tool.