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The neuropsychology of sport concussion

Weber, Mareen (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This thesis presents four empirical chapters that challenge current sport concussion research and practice. Chapter 2 measured sport concussion knowledge in the UK general public using an online survey. It showed high sport concussion awareness, but limited and erroneous understanding. Chapter 3 examined the effect of terminology (i.e., concussion; mild traumatic brain injury, mTBI; minor head injury, mHI) on familiarity, injury outcome expectations and symptom self-report in athletes using a questionnaire. The mTBI terminology was the least familiar, reliably more negative conceptualised, but knowledge was more accurate than the other two. Symptom self-report did not vary with terminology or injury history. Chapter 4 compared the late neuropsychological functioning in self-reported sport-concussed to non-concussed athletes using a comprehensive test battery. Injury self-report was associated with worse memory recall and executive function shifting. Chapter 5 piloted a computerised neuropsychological test battery in athletes using a longitudinal control group design. A single case study showed transient deficits in memory recall and executive function at one to six weeks post-concussion. The overall data suggest that (i) education is needed; (ii) the interchangeable terminology use is inappropriate; (iii) sport concussion assessment should be complemented by memory recall and executive function tests; (iv) case studies might be more appropriate than group comparisons.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Edwards, Martin G.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Additional Information:

A version of chapter 3 is published as Weber, M. & Edwards, M.G. (2010). The effect of brain injury terminology on university athletes’ expected injury outcome, term familiarity and actual symptom report. Brain Injury, 24 (11), 1364-1371. 0

Subjects:HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
QM Human anatomy
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1049
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