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The influence of psychological and lifestyle factors on the reporting of postconcussion-like symptoms

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posted on 22.12.2021, 00:06 by AP Balasundaram, J Athens, Anthony SchneidersAnthony Schneiders, P McCrory, SJ Sullivan
Self-reported symptoms are an integral part of the assessment and management of a sports-related concussion. However, postconcussion-like symptoms are reported by non-concussed individuals. Moreover, the current best practice in the reporting of symptoms does not take into account the potential influence of psychological and lifestyle factors. This study aimed to explore the influence of these factors on the reporting of postconcussion-like symptoms. University students (N= 603) completed the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 postconcussion symptom scale along with other predictor variables via a cross-sectional web-based survey. Linear regression analyses revealed six modifiers contributing to the total symptom score with the strongest being alcohol consumption (Estimate = 2.75, p < .001). Following these findings, clinicians need to exercise caution when interpreting the symptom scores for making decisions on the return-to-play (RTP). A failure to do so may lead the health professional to either prematurely RTP or not clear the concussed athlete to resume their sport.

History

Volume

31

Issue

3

Start Page

197

End Page

205

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1873-5843

ISSN

0887-6177

Location

United States

Publisher

Oxford University Press, UK

Language

eng

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Health, Activity and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Dunedin; Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, THe Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology