Title

Investigating the Effects of Concussion on Athletes

Presenter Information

Raelynn Twohy

Department

Psychological Science

Major

Biological Sciences and Psychology

Research Advisor

Belfi, Amy M.

Advisor's Department

Psychological Science

Abstract

In recent years, concussions have become a critical public health issue for athletes at all levels. The cognitive, behavioral, and emotional effects of concussions have received increasing attention from the general public, scientific researchers, as well as sports organizations including the NFL, NCAA, and youth sporting leagues. However, despite these growing concerns, concussion effects are still poorly understood. Our goal is to investigate whether TBI symptoms differ based on the sport played. The goal of this exploratory study to look for trends in college athlete concussions including sport played, cognitive testing results, and self-reported symptoms. For the study, we will analyze previously collected data from the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) collected by the Student Health Center at a public research university with NCAA Division II athletics. It is hypothesized that symptoms will be able to be associated as the outcomes of TBI of the particular sport played.

Biography

Raelynn Twohy is a sophomore student majoring in biological sciences and psychology. She is interested in studying the effects of brain trauma and how they effect cognition, behavior, and emotion. She currently works in Dr. Amy Belfi's lab studying memory and music.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Research proposal poster session, Second place

Location

Upper Atrium

Presentation Date

16 Apr 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Investigating the Effects of Concussion on Athletes

Upper Atrium

In recent years, concussions have become a critical public health issue for athletes at all levels. The cognitive, behavioral, and emotional effects of concussions have received increasing attention from the general public, scientific researchers, as well as sports organizations including the NFL, NCAA, and youth sporting leagues. However, despite these growing concerns, concussion effects are still poorly understood. Our goal is to investigate whether TBI symptoms differ based on the sport played. The goal of this exploratory study to look for trends in college athlete concussions including sport played, cognitive testing results, and self-reported symptoms. For the study, we will analyze previously collected data from the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) collected by the Student Health Center at a public research university with NCAA Division II athletics. It is hypothesized that symptoms will be able to be associated as the outcomes of TBI of the particular sport played.