Concussions in Athletics: Assessment, Management and Emerging Issues


Eric Hall and Caroline Ketcham (Editors)
Elon BrainCARE Research Institute, North Carolina, USA

Series: Neuroscience Research Progress, Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology
BISAC: MED057000

Sports related concussions and the implications of short-and long-term outcomes is a concern to athletes, parents, coaches, academics, and health care professionals. Leading clinicians and scientists across a variety of fields have come together to collaborate around topics related to concussion education, assessment, management and treatment of head injuries that occur in sports. Athletes of all levels not only have to perform on the field, but may also have to perform in the classroom where symptoms of a concussion can have profound impacts. As health care professionals work to implement the best practices around concussive injuries, scientists assess outcomes, implications and emerging topics related to management and recovery. This book aims to gather leaders in the field of concussion assessment and management to highlight the state of evidence-based practice. In addition, authors explore emerging issues around the care of athletes in returning to play as well as returning to academic settings. Concussion assessment and management is not a one-size-fits-all concept, and topics around pre-existing factors like cultural, ethnic and sex differences are essential to consider as we attempt to change reporting behaviors and positively impact recovery and outcomes from injury. As new information continues to emerge, the education, assessment, management and treatment of concussion evolves with the health and safety of athletes taking a front seat. This book is a timely snapshot of concussion assessment and management, and it is also a leader in emerging issues in the ever-changing science and evidence-based practice of sport-related concussion research.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Educational Strategies to Increase Sport-Related Concussion Reporting by Collegiate Student-Athletes
Jeff Milroy, David Wyrick (The Department of Public Health Education, Institute to Promote Athlete Wellness, University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC, USA)

Chapter 2. Concussions and Interdisciplinary Teams in the Academic Setting
Margaret Roberts, Teresa Lyle and James M. Lynch (Florida Southern College, Lakeland Florida, FL, USA)

Chapter 3. Feasibility and Efficacy on the Implementation of a Concussion Management Protocol for Club Sport Participants in a University Setting
Caroline J. Ketcham, Emily Williams, Larry Mellinger, and Eric E. Hall (Department of Exercise Science, Department of Student Health and Wellness, and Department of Campus Recreation, Elon University, NC, USA)

Chapter 4. Diversity and Cultural Competence in Concussion Management
Jessica Wallace and Jamie McAllister Deitrick (Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. Sex Differences in Sports-Related Concussion
Kate V. Dennett, Emily M. Brook and Elizabeth G. Matzkin (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Learning Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Sport-Related Concussion: A Review of Literature and Clinical Considerations
R. J. Elbin, Nathan D’Amico, Katie Stephenson-Brown, and Philip Schatz (University of Arkansas, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation/Office for Sport Concussion Research, AR, USA, and others)

Chapter 7. Head Impact Biomechanics in Sport
Robert C. Lynall and Julianne D. Schmidt (UGA Concussion Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, University of Georgia, GA, USA)

Chapter 8. The Pathophysiology of Concussive Brain Injury
Stefano Signoretti, Barbara Tavazzibara, Giuseppe Lazzarino, and Roberto Vagnozzi (Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosciences Head and Neck Surgery, S. Camillo Hospital, Rome, Italy, and others)

Chapter 9. Using Event-Related Potentials to Assess Neurocognitive Impairments Following Sports-Related Concussions
Brandon L. Alderman, Walter R. Bixby and Ryan L. Olson (Department of Kinesiology and Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. Gait and Posture Assessments in Concussion Management
David R. Howell (The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics, Boston Children’s Hospital, MA, USA)

Chapter 11. Return to Learn After a Concussion
Pamela Mapstone (Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College, NY, USA)

Chapter 12. Tailoring Concussion Education for the Academic Community
Eric E. Hall, Nicole Dennion, Megan Griffin, and Caroline J. Ketcham (Department of Exercise Science, Elon BrainCARE Research Institute, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA)

Chapter 13. Active Management of Concussion: Where are we Headed?
Johna K. Register-Mihalik and Christina B. Vander Vegt (Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, and others)

Chapter 14. Elevated Risk of Post-Concussion Subsequent Musculoskeletal Injury
Thomas A. Buckley, Jessie R. Oldham and Melissa S. DiFabio (University of Delaware, DE, USA)

Chapter 15. Atheltic Performance after Sport-Related Concussion
Scott L. Zuckerman, Aaron M. Yengo-Kahn, Andrew W. Kuhn, and Zachary Y. Kerr (Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, Department of Neurological Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA, and others)

Chapter 16. The Effectiveness of Head Protection in Sports-Related Concussion Risk Reduction
Declan A Patton (Postdoctoral Fellow – Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC), Norwegian School of Sport Sciences; Postdoctoral Fellow – Sports Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC), University of Calgary; Adjunct Research Fellow – Australian Collaboration for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), Federation University Australia)

Chapter 17. Cognition and Neurovisual Processing in Performance and Concussion Prevention
Joseph F. Clark, Kimberly A. Hasselfeld and Angelo J. Colosimo (Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA)

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