Understanding What Tests Measure

Using confirmatory factor analysis in a sample of college athletes Dr. Art Maerlander and colleagues revealed the lack of a pure memory factor in C3 Logix, which may limit its utility in measuring the effects of SRC. Find more information at DOI: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cbbbpapers/47/

Symptom Reporting by Gender and Age

Study shows that females show greater emotional endorsement across the age span but seems greater during adolescence. Read this new article examining gender differences in symptom reporting at baseline across the lifespan by Rosemarie Moser, Lauren Olek, and Phil Schatz. https://academic.oup.com/acn/article/34/1/50/4840582

NFL players are Not all impaired

New finding on retired professional NFL players shows no linear association between concussion and cognitive impairment. Read this recent article by Lindy Fields, Nyaz Didehbani, John Hart, and Munro Cullum. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nyaz_Didehbani/publication/331607981_No_Linear_Association_Between_Number_of_Concussions_or_Years_Played_and_Cognitive_Outcomes_in_Retired_NFL_Players/links/5c895f60a6fdcc3817526125/No-Linear-Association-Between-Number-of-Concussions-or-Years-Played-and-Cognitive-Outcomes-in-Retired-NFL-Players.pdf

CTE reporting: Do no harm

In the spirit of do no harm, The Lancet publishes a call for balance when reporting on CTE.  The correspondence by a lengthy list of respected clinicians and researchers emphasizes the importance of balanced reporting and notes that misinformation about CTE can cause real harm to patients.  Read the statement here.

Supervised test administration in sports

Consistent with the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, SNS issues a Position Statement on Supervised Administration of Neuropsychological Tests in Sports.  Supervised test administration by qualified individuals greatly increases the likelihood of accurate and reliable test results, which is essential to support clinical decisions to return an athlete to play. http://www.sportsneuropsychologysociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/SNS-Statement-on-Supervised-Test-Administration-2019-FINAL.pdf

K-D use in professional football

Is the K-D a useful diagnostic tool in adult professional sports?  How are test findings best used in clinical situations?  Read the recent publication from Martin Mrazik, Ph.D. and his colleagues: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/neu.2017.5490 Dhiren Naidu et al. Sideline Concussion Assessment: The King-Devick Test in Canadian Professional Football, Journal of Neurotrauma (2018). DOI: 10.1089/neu.2017.5490

Impact of ATC’s on high school sports injuries

What is the importance of having athletic trainers on the sideline? Can their presence reduce overall injuries and improve identification of concussions? Read this article by Lauren Pierpoint, Cynthia LaBella, Christy Collins, Sarah Fields, & Dawn Comstock. https://injepijournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40621-018-0159-6 Pierpoint, L .A., LaBella, C.R., Collins, C. L., Fields, S.K., & Comstock, D. (2018).  Injuries in girls’ soccer…

Media Headlines of concussion and CTE versus Good Science

Can science compete with media headlines to inform concussion policies? How can we can more accurately inform public policy that impacts sports participation? Take a look at this JAMA Pediatrics article from Chris Giza, William Stewart, & Mayumi Prins.   https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/2686729 Giza, C. C., Stewart, W., & Prins, M. L. (2018). Building good policy from good science-The case for concussion…