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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25805

Title: Cognitive Functioning in Varsity Athletes Following Musculoskeletal Injury
Authors: Snow, Nicholas
Advisor: Mainwaring, Lynda
Department: Exercise Sciences
Keywords: musculoskeletal injury
cognition
practice effects
automated neuropsychological assessment metrics
working memory
spatial processing
concussion
cognitive functioning
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2011
Abstract: Background: Research suggests that musculoskeletal injury (MSI) influences cognitive functioning. Cognitive functioning following MSI in athletes is not evaluated currently. Purpose and Method: To examine cognitive deficit in athletes following musculoskeletal injuries, the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metric (ANAM) was administered to 22 varsity athletes prior to competition and following MSI. A healthy comparison group of 22 athletes was also tested at time intervals matched with the injured group. Results: A 2 (Group) X 2 (Time) repeated measures ANOVA revealed significant main effects for time on ANAM subtests of Delayed Code Substitution and Simple Reaction Time. Post-hoc Paired t-Tests revealed significant improvements in both groups for Simple Reaction Time, and a significant improvement for the comparison group on Match-to-Sample. Implications: Athletes with musculoskeletal injuries did not show cognitive deficit post-injury; however, the apparent absence of practice effects on a test of spatial processing and working memory requires further examination.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25805
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