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…

After a concussion: No more sitting in the dark?

This is the first study to objectively document self-paced physical and cognitive activity post-concussion among youth suggests they may be able to engage in physical and cognitive activity as soon as tolerated post-concussion. The study, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, found that self-paced physical and cognitive activity during the first week after sustaining…

Rates of Incidental Findings in Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Children

This study explores the number of incidental findings in a large (N= 11,810) multi-site brain MRI study (Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development).  3T baseline scans were reviewed by board-certified neuroradiologists for incidental findings.  Approximately 21% of the scans had incidental findings with 3.7% warranting non-urgent clinical referrals and 0.2% warranting urgent clinical referrals.  The remaining 17%…

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…

Use of the SCAT5 in professional hockey: Which components differentiate concussed and non-concussed players?

Bruce, J. M., Thelen, J., Meeuwisse, W., Hutchison, M. G., Rizos, J., Comper, P., & Echemendia, R. J. (2020). Use of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5) in professional hockey, part 2: Which components differentiate concussed and non-concussed players? British Journal of Sports Medicine. Subcomponents of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5): Symptom report,…

Use of the SCAT5 in professional hockey: Cross-cultural normative data

Echemendia, R. J., Thelen, J., Meeuwisse, W., Hutchison, M. G., Comper, P., Rizos, J., & Bruce, J. M. (2020). Use of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT5) in professional hockey, part 1: Cross-cultural normative data. British Journal of Sports Medicine. New  normative data for NHL athlete performance on the SCAT5 provides information regarding consideration of language…

Mild cognitive impairment in retired professional football players with a history of mild traumatic brain injury: A pilot investigation.

This study compared cognitive profiles of individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), finding that retired athletes with history of concussion and non-athletes without history of concussion performed similarly on many cognitive domains (verbal memory, verbal fluency, and processing speed), with athletes demonstrating somewhat lower scores on naming and speeded visual attention measures. Results suggest overall…