Selected issues in sport-related concussion for the team physician: a consensus statement

This is the latest update to the Team Physician consensus statement on sport-related concussion developed by the Team Physician Consensus Conference (previous drafts published in 2006 and 2011).  The article delineates “essential” information that a team physician must understand and implement and “desirable” information that are considered best-practice in ideal settings.  The article then briefly…

Association Between Previous Concussion Education and Concussion Care-Seeking Outcomes among NCAA Division I Student-Athletes

The authors of this article documented that concussion education increased concussion care seeking behaviors in NCAA Division I student athletes.  Student athletes who had sustained a concussion previously and/or participated in athletic programs with multi-format concussion education were more likely to engage in concussion care seeking than those athletes that had not had those experiences.…

Distinct latent profiles based on neurobehavioural, physical and psychosocial functioning of former NFL players

In the linked article, Brett and colleagues (including other SNS members Drs. Echemendia and McCrea) performed latent profile analysis to identify distinct groups across a range of functional outcomes in a sample of 686 former NFL players ages 50-70. Measures from the Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders and Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System…

SNS Comment on recent press release regarding “blood test for concussions.”

The Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS) previously issued a statement in 2018 following the FDA’s 2-13-2018 announcement regarding a blood test that allows for the detection of bleeding into the brain in cases of traumatic brain injury (“FDA authorizes marketing of first blood test to aid in the evaluation of concussion in adults” https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-authorizes-marketing-first-blood-test-aid-evaluation-concussion-adults). The SNS pointed…

A Prospective Study of Concussions and Health Outcomes in High School Football Players

The authors prospectively examined the relationship between sport-related concussions (SRC) and self-reported SRC symptoms, symptom severity, depression, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in high school football players from 31 Wisconsin schools. The Post-concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS), the SCAT-3, the PHQ-9, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (PedsQL) were administered at study entry.…

Aerobic Exercise for Sport-related Concussion: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

This is a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the benefits of symptom-limited aerobic exercise on persistent concussion symptoms following sport-related concussion in adolescents. Seven RCT studies, representing 326 participants were included in the meta-analysis (Cochrane Collaboration Handbook methodology utilized). When compared to control interventions, results revealed that aerobic exercise was effective (low level of evidence)…