Perry Case Study


*This is a fictional case study and character(s) based on a variety of real situations.

Perry is a 16 year old guy who is serious about hockey. He’s set his sights on playing in the NHL since he first started playing and he is currently playing hockey on the North Shore to play at the most competitive level. Perry and his parents know that concussions are common in hockey and that a key determinant of being able to return to play following a concussion is returning to a pre-injury cognitive baseline. However most players don’t have a pre-injury cognitive baseline, so there would be nothing objective to compare to in the case of a head injury.

Long Story Short

  • Perry’s parents wanted to get all the bases covered and therefore contacted Tom from Living By Design to conduct baseline cognitive testing with Perry – information that could be used to inform safe return to play planning in the event that Perry suffers a concussion.
  • Tom conducted a comprehensive digital assessment that measured a variety of cognitive components. A summary report was provided to Perry and his parents.

  • While Perry fortunately did not suffer any head injuries during the course of the season, he and his parents decided to get a cognitive assessment conducted every year, just out of interest and to have an up-to-date baseline.