Cognitive Baseline testing is a cornerstone of concussion care and evaluation. Because the test isn't always required, you'll want to request it at your child’s next annual physical exam. Or, consider completing a Baseline test at home prior to the medical appointment, then share your results with your Doctor. Young brains, like bodies, develop and mature and do so at different rates, and each year some improvement in cognition may occur. That's why you'll worry less and get your best protection from a Baseline that has been taken within the last 12 months. Neuropsychological testing is one of the American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines the management of sports-related concussions.