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Sports Head Injuries

For the past 25 years, neuropsychologists have been leading clinical and scientific advancements in the area of sport-related concussion. The profession of neuropsychology has been involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of protocols for managing the injury and determining when an athlete has recovered and is ready to return to play.

Over the past decade, research on concussion has exploded with hundreds of studies relating to the neurobiology of the injury; biomechanics; epidemiology; risk factors for slow recovery or poor outcome; and methods for improving assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services for athletes. The breadth and depth of these research efforts will likely result in better health outcomes for future athletes.

The articles below are free to access through February.

The relationship among Neurocognitive Performance and Biopsychosocial Characteristics of Elite National Football League Draft Picks: An Exploratory Analysis
Gary S. Solomon, Richard F. Haase and Andrew Kuhn

Neuropsychological Testing for Sports-related Concussion: How Athletes Can Sandbag Their Baseline Testing without Detection
Kristi Erdal

Sport Concussion Knowledge in the UK General Public
Mareen Weber and Martin Gareth Edwards

Base Rates of Post-concussive Symptoms in a Nonconcussed Multicultural Sample
Konstantine K. Zakzanis and Emily Yeung

No Neuropsychological Consequence in Male and Female Soccer Players after a Short Heading Training
Cornelia Rieder and Petra Jansen

Role of Neuropsychologists in the Evaluation and Management of Sport-Related Concussion: An Inter-Organization Position Statement
Ruben J. Echemendia, Grant L. Iverson, Michael McCrea, et. al

Depressive Symptoms and Concussions in Aging Retired NFL Players
Nyaz Didehbani, C. Munro Cullum, et. al

A Two-Factor Theory for Concussion Assessment Using ImPACT: Memory and Speed
Philip Schatz and Arthur Maerlender

Detecting Cognitive Impairment After Concussion: Sensitivity of Change From Baseline and Normative Data Methods Using the CogSport/Axon Cognitive Test Battery
Andrea G. Louey, Jason A. Cromer, et. al

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

Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Grant L. Iverson, Ruben J. Echemendia, et. al

The Oxford Comment Podcast - Game On

Dr. Munro Cullum, past president of NAN, discusses sports head injuries in a recent podcast episode of The Oxford Comment.

Videos from NAN on Concussions in Sports

The National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation and National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) have joined forces on a national and local grassroots campaign to educate the public, athletes, health professionals, coaches, parents, administrators and others about concussion in sports.

View the educational videos here.

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