Per the requirements of the NFL Settlement Agreement and the BAP, the neuropsychologists of NSG are certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology. As NFL BAP-approved examiners, our neuropsychologists have extensive experience working with BAP Administrators and attorneys to coordinate BAP exams for hundreds of former players as part of the NFL Concussion Settlement. Our neuropsychologists have extensive experience conducting both pre-effective evaluations, post-effective BAP evaluations, and MAF evaluations). Please contact us to speak with an NSG representative about BAP and MAF evaluations, and for a list of states where we provide services.
To learn more about the National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, please visit the Official NFL Concussion Settlement Website.
To learn more about the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Concussion Injury Litigation, please visit the Official NCAA Concussion Settlement Website.
The BAP was established under the official NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. This program provides baseline cognitive evaluation to determine whether current or former NFL football players are suffering from neurocognitive impairment. Assessments are two-fold and require testing by both a neuropsychologist and a neurologist.
BAP Exams with an NSG neuropsychologist typically include:
- Fixed battery of tests lasting up to six to eight hours
- Approx. 60-65 tests evaluating attention, memory, language, visual and spatial reasoning, processing, speech, executive functioning, and more.
- Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status (TICS)
- Attorneys representing the players may request this approx. 40-minute pre-BAP phone screening
- Our psychologists will perform a TICS to get a “snapshot” of the individual’s cognitive functioning in order to determine if full MAF/BAP testing is needed.
- Doctors may also screen for indicators of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or overall cognitive decline. (Per the NFL Settlement, the actual BAP Exam does not allow for diagnosis of these mental health conditions.)
- A family history and expert Medical Record Review
Many retired players will not meet the established BAP impairment criteria after an initial evaluation. However, it is also important to note that this is a 60 year settlement and many retired players will complete subsequent evaluations through the MAF. In order to provide guidance to retired NFL players and their representatives, we offer an empirically derived cognitive screening assessment with brief interview specifically designed to identify optimal times for re-evaluations.
The length of testing time averages approximately six to eight hours. Testing is usually completed all in one day so you will not have to come to multiple appointments.
During testing, you may become tired or need a break. Please be sure to let the BAP Provider know if you need some time to stretch, use the restroom, have a drink of water or snacks, or if you just need a break. Please note, the BAP also requires players to complete a separate neurological evaluation with an approved provider in addition to the neuropsychological evaluation.
We recommend the following general guidelines:
- Make sure to come for your exam well-rested.
- Arrive early to allow time for finding the location and parking, and filling out required paperwork.
- Make sure you eat something before you arrive so that you are comfortable until the lunch break.
- If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, bring them with you.
- Bring a list of all medications you are currently taking.
- Bring a snack, your lunch, or money to buy lunch.
- Bring your insurance card(s) and picture ID.
- Bring medical records that are related to your current illness or injury.
- If able, bring your caregiver, close family member, or friend. Often they can provide direct, personal knowledge of your background and functional abilities. Please note that your representative lawyer (or anyone working for them) may NOT serve in this capacity.
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