Neuropsychology and Sports-Related Concussions

 

 

William B. Barr, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, writes,

 

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the “modern era” in the study of concussion in sports, which began in 1994 following the retirements of Merrill Hoge and Al Toon and the National Football League’s (NFL) formation of its first Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. Since that time, we have witnessed a marked shift from what was a pervasive attitude of denying or minimizing the effects of head injury in sport to one where stories of the current “concussion epidemic” or the controversy about long-term consequences of head injury in retired athletes appear in our newspapers on a daily basis. Over the same time period, the field of neuropsychology has received an unprecedented degree of public attention resulting from the fact that many in our field, including members of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN), have provided important contributions to the scientific study of sports concussion and development of methods for its assessment. My goal in this SCN NeuroBlog is to provide a brief review and critique of neuropsychology’s role in the clinical management of sports concussion with suggestions on how we can maintain our position as leaders with regard to this highly publicized injury.”

 

Read the remainder of Dr. Barr’s piece on the direction and role of neuropsychologists in assessing concussions related to sports activities on the SCN NeuroBlog.

 

Susan R. Vaught, Ph.D.
WKPIC Training Director

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