THE EFFECTS OF INJURY MANAGEMENT PROTOCOL IN COLLEGE ATHLETES WITH SPORTS-RELATED HEAD INJURY: EVIDRNCE BASED RECOMMENDATIONS
Many athletes do not realize when a concussion has occurred or the risk involved with contact sports. Athletes, coaches, trainers, and medical doctors must become aware of the effects and risks of sports-related concussion in order to decide when an injured player is ready to return-to-play. Research is still needed to effectively manage and treat sports- related concussion. This study investigated aspects of sports-related concussion including effective objective and subjective testing, average length of recovery time, and specific incidence across player position in football. Athletes were given pre-season neuropsychological testing to gather baseline data. The results indicated that subjective and objective testing are helpful in determining readiness for return-to-play after a concussion, however the tests are not the only factors to be used when determining readiness to play. The mean length of time needed for recovery after concussion was determined to be approximately seven days post-injury.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:sports related head injury concussion mild traumatic brain
Date of Publication:01/01/2004