Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TBI: Concussion Tests Doing More Harm Than Good?

Baseline concussion tests may be rushing seriously injured athletes back onto the field of play too soon, warns one clinical neuropsychologist. Christopher Randolph, PhD, of Loyola University Chicago, found poor sensitivity and low reliability in the popular ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) program. His paper was published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports. Read a short summary report in Yahoo! Health.

In a related postscript to our March post on TBI In The NFL, a postmortem examination has confirmed that Dave Duerson suffered from neurodegenerative disease caused by concussions and other repetitive head trauma. Read the full LA Times story here. Duerson committed suicide in February 2011.

[Image: AP/National Institutes of Health]

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