Rehabilitation strategies addressing neurocognitive and balance deficits following a concussion in a female snowboard athlete: a case report

Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Apr;

9(2):232-241.

Faltus, J..

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Abstract:

UNLABELLED: Head injuries, including concussions, in athletes can account for an extended period of time lost from sports competition. Neurocognitive and balance deficits which may linger following a concussion affect an athlete’s ability to return to sport safely. If these deficits are not specifically addressed in a rehabilitation program then the athlete may be at risk for not only additional concussions but possible musculoskeletal injury. ImPACT testing is a reliable method for identifying neurocognitive deficits and assists in the development of a neurocognitive training program. The information gathered from ImPACT may also indicate risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Research evidence suggesting specific rehabilitation strategies and interventions addressing neurocognitive deficits following a concussion is lacking. Progressions in a neurocognitive training program may include the integration of balance, reaction training, and activities that address memory deficits. The purpose of this case report is to discuss the evaluation and treatment plan for a female snowboard athlete following a concussion. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 5.

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