We know that it can be difficult to diagnose and treat concussion, and to this end we have introduced a state of the art computer based cognition testing program (Cognigram).
This allows us to predict with more certainty and therefore safety, when a player is fit to return to play.
With the current concerns regarding long term harm to the brain as a result of recurrent Concussion, it seems sensible and legally prudent to use all means at our disposal to ensure a safe and medically appropriate return to play.
This program is currently used at AFL level where its benefits are well established.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is COGNIGRAM?
The COGNIGRAM system is web-based and utilizes the Cogstate Brief Battery as the assessment tool and then automatically processes the data collected to generate and deliver a report summarizing the results of that assessment.
The COGNIGRAM system is designed so it can be self-administered and scores will be computed automatically by the application.
What does the test consist of?
COGNIGRAM consists of four different tests, each with a special question. Refer to the table below for more information about each of the tests:
Main Domain Measured
Has the card turned over?
Is the card red?
One card learning
Have you seen this card before?
Is this card the same as the previous card?
How long does the test take?
On average, the Cognigram test takes about 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Please ensure you have at least 15 - 20 minutes set aside before beginning the test
Where can I get this test?
Cognigram can be ordered by your healthcare professional. You can either take this at your healthcare provider’s office or they can order a test for at home use.
Where can find out more about Cognigram?
For more on the Cognigram method, head to https://www.cognigram.com/ and download the cognigram fact sheet here.