Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in sports has become an important international public health issue over the past two decades. However, until recently, return to play decisions following a sports-related traumatic brain injury have been based on anecdotal evidence and have not been based on scientifically validated clinical protocols. Over the past decade, the field of Neuropsychology has become an increasingly important component of the return to play decision making process following TBI. Neuropsychological assessment instruments are increasingly being adapted for use with athletes throughout the world and the field of sports neuropsychology appears to be a rapidly evolving subspecialty.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the application of neuropsychological assessment instruments in sports, and it is structured to present a global perspective on contemporary research. In addition to a review of current research, Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports: An International Neuropsychological Perspective, presents a thorough review of current clinical models that are being implemented internationally within American and Australian rules football, soccer, boxing, ice hockey, rugby and equestrian sports.
Table of Contents
M.W. Collins, Section 1: Basic Concepts, S.D. Bender, J.T. Barth and J. Irby, Historical Perspectives. J.W. Powell, Diagnosis, ManagEment and Prevention. J.A. Newman, Biomechanics of Brain Injury in Athletes. C.C. Giza and D.A. Hovda, The Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury. E.D. Bigler and W.W. Orrison, Neuroimaging in Sports-related Brain Injury. B.D. Jordan, Genetic Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports. M.R. Lovell, Section 2: Models of Neuropsychological Assessment. M.W. Collins, R.J. Echemendia and M.R. Lovell, Collegiate and High School Sports. R. Hatfield, L. Bieliauskas, P. Begloff, B. Steinberg and M. Kauszler, Youth Hockey. A. Shuttleworth-Edwards, M. Border, I. Reid and S. Radloff, South African Rugby Union. A.D. Hinton-Bayre and G. Geffen, Australian Rules Football and Rugby League. E.J.T. Matser, Fons A.G.H. Kessels and M.R. Lovell, Soccer. M.R. Lovell and W. Barr, American Professional Football. M.R. Lovell, R.J. Echemendia and C.J. Burke, Professional Hockey. R.L. Heilbronner and L.D. Ravdin, Boxing. D.K. Broshek, A.M. Brazil, J.R. Freeman and J.T. Barth, Equestrian Sports. J.T. Barth, Section 3: Methodological Issues. S.N. Macciocchi and J.T. Barth, Methodological Concerns in Traumatic Brain Injury. M.D. Franzen, R.J. Frerichs and G.L. Iverson, Reliability, Validity, and the Measurement of Change in Serial Assessment of Athletes. G.L. Iverson and M. Gaetz, Practical Considerations for Interpreting Change Following Brain Injury. E. Kozora and D. Gerber, Special Considerations and Implications of Neuropsychological Testing in Professional Athletes. K. Podell, Computerized Assessment of Sports-related Brain Injury. R.J. Echemendia, Section 4: Special Topics. W.G. Snow, K.C. Kutner and R. Barnes, Consultation with Sports Organizations. M.A.J. Finlayson, Psychotherapy and Psychological Aspects of Recovery from Brain Injury. R.J. Echemendia, Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Evaluations in Sports. J. Brooks, Gender Issues in Brain Injury. E.S. Parker, R.J. Echemendia and C. Milhouse, Ethical Issues in the Evaluation of Athletes. R.J. Echemendia and R.C. Cantu, Return to Play Following Cerebral Brain Injury.
"Over the past five years there have been dramatic developments in the area of sports related traumatic brain injury. From limited technical diagnostic testing we now have progressed to state-of-the-art neuropsychological assessment and brain imaging. This publication is a groundbreaking effort on an international scale and a significant contribution in the evaluation and management of concussion in sports." - Freddy H. Fu, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department
"The systematic study of brain injury in sport has provided us with important new insights into the predictors of short-term neuropsychological morbidity, as well as the dynamics of recovery from these injuries. This comprehensive volume by Lovell and colleagues provides a synthesis of what has been learned, the models of assessment that have been developed, and the unique challenges that arise in dealing with athletes at various levels of competition. Although focused on sports related brain injury, this book is relevant and important for any professional working with individuals who suffer from these injuries." - Robert A. Bornstein, The Ohio State University