Journal article

Acute cognitive postconcussive symptoms follow longer recovery trajectories than somatic postconcussive symptoms in young children

Zoe Teh, Michael Takagi, Stephen JC Hearps, Franz E Babl, Nicholas Anderson, Cathriona Clarke, Gavin A Davis, Kevin Dunne, Vanessa C Rausa, Vicki Anderson



Objective: To investigate somatic and cognitive postconcussive symptoms (PCS) using the symptom evaluation subtest (cSCAT3-SE) of the Child Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 3 (Child SCAT) in tracking PCS up to 2 weeks postinjury.Methods: A total of 96 participants aged 5 to 12 years (Mage = 9.55, SD = 2.20) completed three assessment time points: 48 h postinjury (T0), 2 to 4 days postinjury (T1), and 2 weeks postinjury (T2). The Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to analyze differences between cognitive and somatic symptoms over time, while the Friedman test was used to analyze differences within symptom type over time.Results: Cognitive PCS were found to be significantly higher than somati..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation and the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Scheme. Hearps was funded by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development grant; Babl was funded by the Royal Children's Hospital Research Foundation, an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship, and a Melbourne Campus Clinician Scientist Fellowship; and Anderson by an NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellowship. The funding organizations did not have a role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.