No Seasonal Changes in Cognitive Functioning Among High School Football Athletes: Implementation of a Novel Electrophysiological Measure and Standard Clinical Measures.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate neuroelectric and cognitive function relative to a season of football participation. Cognitive and neuroelectric function declines are hypothesized to be present in football athletes. DESIGN: Observational. SETTING: Athletic fields and research laboratory. PATIENTS (OR PARTICIPANTS): Seventy-seven high school athletes (15.9 + 0.9 years, 178.6 + 7.2 cm, 74.4 + 14.7 kg, and […]
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the effects of the removal of electronic devices (i.e., smartphones, etc.) for 48 hours on sleep quality and next-day athletic and cognitive performance in elite Judo athletes. PARTICIPANTS: Over 6 days and nights, 23 eliteAustralian Judo athletes were monitored while attending a camp at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). In […]
BACKGROUND: “Paper and pencil” neuropsychological tests play an important role in the management of sports related concussions. They provide objective information on the athlete’s cognitive function and thus facilitate decisions on safe return to sport. It has been proposed that computerised cognitive tests have many advantages over such conventional tests, but their role in this […]
CogSport: reliability and correlation with conventional cognitive tests used in postconcussion medical evaluations.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the repeatability of a computerized cognitive test designed to monitor recovery from concussion and assist team physicians make return to play decisions (CogSport). To determine the correlation between CogSport and two conventional neuropsychological tests. DESIGN: Prospective, serial investigation of cognitive function. SETTING: Professional and semi-professional Australian Football clubs and a university affiliated […]
Effect of concussion on clinically measured reaction time in 9 NCAA division I collegiate athletes: a preliminary study.
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of concussion on clinically measured reaction time (RT(clin)) and in comparison to a computerized reaction time measure (RT(comp)). DESIGN: Prospective, repeated measures observational study. SETTING: Athletic training clinic at a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I university. PARTICIPANTS: Data are reported for 9 collegiate athletes with acute concussion who […]
Pilot evaluation of a novel clinical test of reaction time in national collegiate athletic association division I football players.
CONTEXT: Evidence suggests that concussion prolongs reaction time (RT). We have developed a simple, reliable clinical tool for measuring reaction time that may be of value in the assessment of concussion in athletes. OBJECTIVE: To compare baseline values of clinical RT (RT(clin)) obtained using the new clinical reaction time apparatus with computerized RT (RT(comp)) obtained […]