Changes in balance are common following many sports injuries, and balance testing has been mandated as a key component of most concussion testing protocols. With BTrackS™ Sport Balance, Sports Medicine Professionals no longer have to rely on subjective, unreliable and inaccurate visual testing methods such as the BESS to determine changes in balance following an injury. Instead, BTrackS™ Sport Balance provides gold standard testing results in less than two minutes, allowing for confident decisions to be made quickly regarding an athlete’s balance status.
BTrackS™ software is provided via internet download following purchase of the system. Double click the setup file and follow the installation instructions to load the Better Balance & Posture application onto your Windows PC, laptop or tablet.
Enter information about the athlete to be tested in order to establish a profile for tracking purposes. Profile information is saved locally to the computer, and can be created in advance of testing to save time.
The BTrackS™ Balance Test (BBT) is designed to detect disrupted balance in a quiet, eyes-closed, feet shoulder width apart standing position. Three trials of 20 seconds are used to measure the average number of centimeters of postural sway.
BTrackS™ Sport Balance provides instant results following testing. These can be printed to share with the individual being tested, other health professionals or for insurance purposes. These results are also stored locally for later reference.
Balance testing is a recommended component of complete concussion management systems. With BTrackS™, gold standard balance information is objectively obtained in less than two minutes from all high risk athletes in pre-season, and following potential concussive events. Using minimal detectable change (MDC) statistics, alterations in balance from baseline are then monitored throughout the return to play period. Published research now shows that BTrackS™ Sport Balance is twice as effective as the popular BESS method for Concussion management.
Following each baseline balance test, athletes are given a BTrackS™ Performance Ranking (BPR). This result is a percentile ranking of the athlete’s balance performance relative to similar individuals of the same age and gender in the BTrackS™ normative database. Using this indicator, athletes in the lower percentiles can be identified as candidates for balance improvement training.