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Effect of mild head injury on postural stability in athletes

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David H. Perrin, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Objective: Athletic trainers and team physicians are often faced with the dilemma of when to return athletes to participation following mild head injury. Unfortunately, clinicians rarely have quantitative information on which to base their decisions. The purpose of this investigation was to identify postural stability changes in athletes with acute mild head injury. Design and Setting: High school and college male athletes were prescreened for postural stability before the start of their season. Subjects suffering injury during the season returned for testing on days 1, 3, 5, and 10 following injury, and 1 month postseason, Control subjects were selected for comparisons. Subjects with mild head injury appear to demonstrate impaired postural stability 1 to 3 days following injury.

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Publication
Journal of Athletic Training, 31:300-306
Language: English
Date: 1996
Keywords
Concussion, Balance, Postural sway