Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A descriptive study on the effects of prolonged initial evaluation after sustaining a sports-related concussion
by Ram, Ranita Devi, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 88; 10167520
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this retrospective study was to observe the consequence of sports-related concussions on athletes who were evaluated initially in a prolonged time frame regarding symptom recovery, cognitive recovery, postural stability recovery, and neuropsychological recovery to athletes who were evaluated immediately. This is a descriptive, retrospective chart review of physically active athletes whom were evaluated on an outpatient basis by licensed neuropsychologist at a Physical Therapy Clinic. Data was extracted and this study showed that “prolonged” athletes experienced more symptoms at time of injury as well as time of initial evaluation compared to “typical-acute” athletes. Furthermore, “prolonged” athletes performed significantly worse on the “eyes open, firm surface” portion of a balance assessment as well the visual memory composite on ImPACT. This study concludes immediate help sought from a licensed specialist in concussions is important to prevent delayed recovery.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nakajima, Mikiko
Commitee: Korosteleva, Olga, Roberts, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Kinesiology
Keywords: Concussions
Publication Number: 10167520
ISBN: 978-1-369-21869-5
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