The Cognitive and Physical Effects of Concussion on Youth Athletes
AuthorAdler, Jennifer Suzanne
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractConcussion and sports are at the peak of attention recently, due to the thousands of athletes who suffer from the detrimental effects of the sports-related head injury. This study explores the short-term cognitive and physical effects that result from a sustained concussion in youth football athletes. The short-term cognitive and physical symptoms at pre-season and post-season are elucidated to determine the developmental risks and consequences of sustaining a concussion as a youth athlete. 213 football players aged 10- 12 completed the Child-SCAT3 Symptom Evaluation prior to full contact practice to establish a true baseline for each athlete and determine the normal range of baseline symptoms and symptom frequencies. A subgroup of 51 youth football players aged 10-12 underwent a more comprehensive assessment using the complete Child-SCAT3 at preseason and post-season, to pinpoint the cognitive impairments of sustained concussion. Background questionnaires were utilized to obtain a concussion history of individual athletes and length of time in which full recovery is obtained. A slight decline in cognitive functioning was found, although the effects were very small. A baseline symptom rating of 0 at pre-season is not typical.
Degree ProgramHonors College