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Neurocognitive assessments and sports concussions

Concussion effect ‘spans decades’ (BBC)

– “People concussed in their youth show subtle signs of mental and physical problems even more than 30 years later, say Canadian researchers.”

– “Dr Louis de Beaumont, who led the study, said: “This study shows that the effects of sports concussions in early adulthood persist beyond 30 years post-concussion, and that it can cause cognitive and motor function alterations as the athletes age.”

– “Athletes should be better informed about the cumulative and persistent effects of sports concussion on mental and physical processes so they know about the risk associated with returning to their sport.”

The study in question:

De Beaumont L, Theoret H, Mongeon D at al. Brain function decline in healthy retired athletes who sustained their last sports concussion in early adulthood. Brain 2009, Advanced online publication January 27

Given the importance of this topic, which we covered in our 2008 Market Research, we are happy to read about new resources like a new book titled Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

From a recent book review by Gary S. Solomon, Ph.D.:

– “The past 15 years has yielded an explosion of information on the topic of concussive injuries in sports, both in the public press and in the professional literature. In 2005 the Centers for Disease Control concluded that concussion in sports was of “epidemic” proportion and estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million cases of sports-related concussions occur annually in the United States.”

– “Section four is an overview of the four most frequently utilized computerized neurocognitive platforms for assessing the cognitive effects of sports concussion, and includes overviews (written in part by the developers) of CogSport, The HeadMinder Concussion Resolution Index, ImPACT, and Automated Neuropsychological Metrics (ANAM) Sports Medicine Battery.”

The book Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

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