If you’ve been asked about using EEG as part of concussion diagnosis…

If you’ve been asked about using EEG as part of concussion diagnosis or management, Neuropsychology Review published a review article you should read: The Use of Electroencephalography as an Informative Tool in Assisting Early Clinical Management after Sport-Related Concussion: a Systematic Review The publication is linked below: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32577950/

Testing the hybrid battery approach to evaluating sports-related concussion in the NHL

Separate factor structures for pencil-and-paper assessment vs. computerized assessment of concussion support a hybrid assessment model. Echemendia, R.J., Thelen,J., Meeuwisse, W., Comper,P., Hutchison, M.G.,  & Bruce, J.M.  (2019). Testing the hybrid battery approach to evaluating sports-related concussion in the National Hockey League: A factor analytic study. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Click for full article – doi.org/10.1080/13854046.2019.1690051

Mental Health Issues and Psychological Factors in Athletes Detection, Management, Effect on Performance, and Prevention

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine published a position statement on mental health issues and psychological factors in athletes. The statement addresses a range of factors impacting athletes and emphasizes a need for the multi-disciplinary sports medicine team to work together to best provide comprehensive care to athletes. https://journals.lww.com/cjsportsmed/Abstract/publishahead/American_Medical_Society_for_Sports_Medicine.98999.aspx

The Importance Of The Role Of Neuropsychologists In The Healing Process Of Concussion Recovery

This study by Lichtenstein and Merz highlighted the importance of the role of neuropsychologists in the healing process of concussion recovery,  Their data supported a team approach to treating sports related concussions, as well as the value of neuropsychological testing in measuring recovery. Lichtenstein, J.D., Merz, Z.C. Post-Exertion Neuropsychological Testing in the Management of Sport-Related…

A Cross-Cultural Examination Of Baseline Data Across Language Groups In The NHL

Echemendia and colleagues (2020) recently published comprehensive traditional and computerized (i.e. ImPACT) baseline normative data for approximately 8,000 NHL players (3,145 traditional tests; 4,780 ImPACT; 604 both) across 7 language groups (English, French, Swedish, German, Russian, Czech, Finnish). Analyses of those data revealed that symptom reporting, concussion history and cognitive functioning varied significantly across language…

NHL New Concussion Video

The National Hockey League and NHLPA released a new video to educate athletes, families, coaches, and medical staff about sports concussion.  Narrated by Pat LaFontaine and featuring SNS members Dr. Paul Comper and Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the video discusses concussion signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and management.   https://www.nhl.com/video/2019-concussion-education-video/t-277350912/c-68701003

Is Football Bad For The Brain?

SNS President-Elect, Dr. Munro Cullum, talks about the importance of sports participation and clarifies misconceptions about the long term effects of playing football in this article for the popular press: https://www.statnews.com/2019/09/27/concussions-football-uncertain-long-term-effects/