The SCAT 5

The SCAT has been in use since 2005 as a reliable sideline assessment of concussion is a standardized tool for evaluating injured athletes for concussion and can be used in athletes aged from 13 years and older. It measures symptoms, orientation, memory, recall, balance and gait. The SCAT can be administered by a licensed healthcare professional on the sidelines or in the athletic trainers’ office once an athlete has been pulled off the field because a concussion is suspected.

The Child-SCAT5

The CHILD SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating children ages 5 to 12 for concussion and is designed for use by medical professionals.

Balance Error Scoring System (BESS)

The BESS is included in the SCAT as part of a sideline assessment and can be performed on the sideline or in the athletic trainers’ office.

Visuual/Ocular Motor Screening (VOMS) for Concussion


There are a variety of forms that can be utilized by parents and/or school staff to keep track of which symptoms are improving or getting worse over time. They are helpful to physicians when reviewing the management plan.