Journal article

Day-to-day variability of post-concussion-like symptoms reported over time by a non-concussed cohort

Arun Prasad Balasundaram, Josie Athens, Anthony G Schneiders, Paul McCrory, S John Sullivan

BRAIN INJURY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To explore the change (trend) in post-concussion-like symptoms reported over time. RESEARCH DESIGN: Longitudinal study. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: University students aged 18-30 years self-reported their symptoms experienced on a daily basis. Each participant was contacted via a text message each day during one of three pre-defined time zones to complete the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) post-concussion symptom scale on 7 consecutive days. MAIN OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: One hundred and ten (26 males and 84 females) students completed the study on all 7 days. Only two meaningful clusters emerged and comprised of a total of 105 participants. The primary cluster include..

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Paul McCrory is a co-investigator, collaborator or consultant on grants relating to mild TBI funded by several governmental organizations. He is Co-Chair of the Australian Centre for Research into Sports Injury and its Prevention (ACRISP), which is one of the International Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He has a clinical and consulting practice in general and sports neurology. He receives book royalties from McGraw-Hill and was employed in an editorial capacity by the British Medical Journal Publishing Group from 2001-2008. He has been reimbursed by the government, professional scientific bodies and sporting bodies for presenting research relating to mild TBI and sports-related concussion at meetings, scientific conferences and symposiums. He received consultancy fees in 2010 from Axon Sports (USA) for the development of educational material (which was not renewed) and has received support since 2001 from CogState Inc for research costs and the development of educational material. He is a cofounder and shareholder in two biomedical companies (involved in eHealth and Compression garment technologies) but does not hold any individual shares in any company related to concussion or brain injury assessment or technology. The other authors report no conflicts of interest.