2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Relationship Between Post-Concussion Written Evaluations and Physical Balance in Post-Concussion Individuals

Allison N. Freed
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

Concussions have become a prominent factor in many sports.  Some controversy exists concerning the best way to assess post-concussion individuals in order to effect the best treatment.  Current tests may not fully assess the damage to the brain suffered following a concussion.  The purpose of the study is to assess the relationship between post-concussion symptoms and dynamic balance performance. The goal will be to evaluate the potential of a dynamic balance test to replace post-concussion subjective criteria in evaluating the possible residual effects of traumatic brain injury in young athletes.  Using selected written tests, computer simulations, and a Biodex balance system, two groups of participants, one with a history of concussions and one with no prior head injuries, will be evaluated to determine the relationship and predictive value of the Biodex balance system for assessing post-concussion effects.  This study will be ongoing as new participants are identified and tested.

Keywords: Concussions, Biodex, Post-concussion syndrome, Dynamic balance

Topic(s):Athletic Training
Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-1
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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