Neuropsychological evaluation in the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion

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Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (Impact Factor: 1.92). 12/2007; 22(8):909-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.acn.2007.09.004
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ABSTRACT A mild traumatic brain injury in sports is typically referred to as a concussion. This is a common injury in amateur and professional athletics, particularly in contact sports. This injury can be very distressing for the athlete, his or her family, coaches, and school personnel. Fortunately, most athletes recover quickly and fully from this injury. However, some athletes have a slow recovery, and there are reasons to be particularly concerned about re-injury during the acute recovery period. Moreover, some athletes who have experienced multiple concussions are at risk for long-term adverse effects. Neuropsychologists are uniquely qualified to assess the neurocognitive and psychological effects of concussion. The National Academy of Neuropsychology recommends neuropsychological evaluation for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of sports-related concussion at all levels of play.

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    • "Blood biomarkers in human mTBI 2012). It has been suggested that an mTBI that occurs in sports is typically referred to as a concussion (Moser et al., 2007). In an attempt at clarity and unification, a definition has been put forth by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) that is endorsed by both the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). "
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    • "The authors of these statements frequently repeat that; " Concussion may result in neuropathologic changes, but the clinical symptoms largely reflect a functional disturbance rather than a structural injury " . This clinical sentiment is repeated and re-examined in clinical research in which neuropsychologists and other clinical concussion researchers continue to promote the idea of cognitive functional recovery being representative of clinical recovery (Moser et al., 2007). Moreover, this basic statement represents a construct flaw in their hypothesis. "
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    • "In a more recent investigation, Moser and Schatz (2002) showed that postconcussive symptoms persisted for weeks or months in some youth athletes who had suffered multiple concussive or subconcussive blows. The current return-to-play guidelines suggest that children should not return to play if they continue to be symptomatic after a concussion, either at rest or under physical or cognitive exertion (Aubry et al., 2002; Guskiewicz et al., 2004; McCrory et al., 2005; Moser et al., 2007). Hence, appropriate symptom assessment is critical to the effective management of sports concussion in youth; however, some potential barriers exist, which may preclude the accuracy of symptom identification and resolution. "
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