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British Medical Journal Reports Neuropsychological Testing Not Enough For Return To Play Decisions Following a Concussion

A article appearing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Recovery of cognitive and dynamic motor function following concussion, concludes that neuropsychological testing by itself is not a sufficient indicator of when a player should be allowed to return to play following a concussion.

The authors report that motor skill testing should be utilized in addition to neuropsychological testing in making important return to play decisions.

Here is the abstract of their results:

Dynamic motor tasks, such as walking under varying conditions of attention, are complex and demanding undertakings, which require a longer recovery time following a concussion than cognitive measures. Little statistical relationship was found between the neuropsychological and gait variables, and the recovery curves of neuropsychological and gait domains were observed to be independent.

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