Are there differences in how collegiate athletes recover from concussions from sports versus non-sport mechanisms of injury (MOI)?

Are there differences in how collegiate athletes recover from concussions from sports versus non-sport mechanisms of injury (MOI)?  Non-sport MOI is responsible for 20% of concussions sustained by collegiate athletes, but how an athlete experiences and recovers from non-sport concussions has not received much scientific study.  Research out of emergency departments has suggested that non-sport…

Promoting awareness of sports concussions on National Concussion Awareness Day

The Sports Neuropsychology Society is proud to promote awareness of and education about sports concussions for National Concussion Awareness Day (September 15, 2023). In the below video, President of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, ABN, ABPP-RP explains what is a sports concussion, the signs and symptoms of a sports concussion and what…

Association Between Early Return to
School Following Acute Concussion and Symptom Burden at 2 Weeks Postinjury

Chris Vaughan, PsyD, SNS Fellow and current treasurer, collaborated with other SNS members, MaeganSady, PhD and Gerry Gioia, PhD to recently publish the article titled Association Between Early Return toSchool Following Acute Concussion and Symptom Burden at 2 Weeks Postinjury in JAMA Open in Januaryof 2023. In this cohort study, data from over 1600 youth…

Can an algorithm identify collegiate athletes who are Recovered or Not Recovered postconcussion, without relying on baseline neuropsychological testing?

Can an algorithm identify collegiate athletes who are Recovered or Not Recovered postconcussion, without relying on baseline neuropsychological testing? Researchers evaluate an evidence-based algorithms and discussion of cost savings associated with such an approach. Arnett, P., Merritt, V. C., Guty, E., Riegler, K., Greenberg, L., & Thomas, G. (2023). Validity of postconcussion only algorithms in collegiate athletes following…

Is risk of concussion in sports associated with risky or adverse health behaviors in students?

Is risk of concussion in sports or physical activity associated with risky or adverse health behaviors (e.g., substance use, self-harm, fights, etc.) in middle school and high school students? Student athletes who had engaged in risky or adverse health behaviors were more likely to have sustained a concussion, with middle school students at highest risk. The study identifies middle…

Dysfunction of the stress response in individuals with persistent post-concussion symptoms: a scoping review.

This study looks at the research on how the autonomic nervous system (also know as “fight-or-flight” and “rest-and-digest”) and the stress response change after a person experiences a concussion. The article reviewed several different tools that are in most clinical settings that can be used to measure changes in these systems. Article Citation: Farrell, G.,…

Psychological aspects of sport-related concussion: An evidence-based position paper

Sport-related concussions (SRC) have become a public health issue, however little research has focused on the the psychological aspects of this injury. This position paper identifies five postulates that are intended to stimulate research and practice on psychological aspects of SRC. Article Citation:Gordon A. Bloom , Alicia M. Trbovich , Jeffrey G. Caron & Anthony…

Test-Retest, Interrater Reliability, and Minimal Detectable Change of the Dynamic Exertion Test for Concussion

The Dynamic Exertion Test (EXiT) was developed to inform return-to-play (RTP) decision-making following clinical recovery from sport-related concussion (SRC). The current study established test-retest reliability in addition to minimal detectable change scores of an objective dynamic exercise assessment among healthy adolescent and adult athletes. The EXiT may be an objective approach to inform RTP decision-making…