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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402530/subconcussive-head-impacts-in-sport-a-systematic-review-of-the-evidence
#1
Lynda Mainwaring, Kaleigh M Ferdinand Pennock, Sandhya Mylabathula, Benjamin Z Alavie
PURPOSE: To identify and evaluate the evidence that examines subconcussive impacts in sport-specific settings, and address two objectives: a) to determine how 'subconcussion' is characterized in the current literature, and b) to identify directions for future research. RESEARCH DESIGN: Systematic review. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: CINAHL, EMBASE, MedLine, PsycINFO, SportDiscus, and Web of Science were searched for articles that sought to assess subconcussive impacts or outcomes related to non-concussive head impact exposure...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393677/effects-of-repetitive-subconcussive-head-trauma-on-the-neuropsychological-test-performance-of-high-school-athletes-a-comparison-of-high-moderate-and-low-contact-sports
#2
William T Tsushima, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Andrea M Siu, Kara Yoshinaga, So Yung Choi, Nathan M Murata
The aim of this study was to examine the neuropsychological test results of non-concussed high school athletes playing at three different levels of contact sports. Based on the concussion risk data of 12 different sports, a High Contact group (n=2819; wrestling/martial arts, cheerleading, track and field, football), a Moderate Contact group (n=2323; softball, basketball, soccer), and a Low Contact group (n=1580; baseball, volleyball, water polo, tennis, cross-country) were formed and compared in terms of their scores on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT)...
February 2, 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334834/mild-jugular-compression-collar-ameliorated-changes-in-brain-activation-of-working-memory-after-one-soccer-season-in-female-high-school-athletes
#3
Weihong Yuan, Jonathan Dudley, Kim Barber-Foss, Jonathan D Ellis, Staci Thomas, Ryan T Galloway, Christopher DiCesare, James Leach, Janet Adams, Thomas Maloney, Brooke Gadd, David Smith, Jeff Epstein, Dustin R Grooms, Kelsey Logan, David R Howell, Mekibib Altaye, Gregory D Myer
Recent neuroimaging studies have suggested that repetitive sub-concussive head impacts, even after only one sport season, may lead to pre- to post-season structural and functional alterations in male high school football athletes. However, data on female atheletes is limited. In the current investigation, we aimed to (1) assess the longitudinal pre- to post-season changes in fMRI of working memory and working memory performance, (2) quantify the association between the pre- to post-season change in fMRI of working memory and the exposure to head impact and working memory performance, and (3) assess whether wearing a neck collar designed to reduce intracranial slosh via mild compression of the jugular veins can ameliorate the changes in fMRI brain activation observed in the non-collar group after a full soccer season...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29279021/increased-myo-inositol-in-primary-motor-cortex-of-contact-sport-athletes-without-a-history-of-concussion
#4
Genevieve Lefebvre, Emilie Chamard, Sebastien Proulx, Sara Tremblay, Mark Halko, Salil Soman, Elaine de Guise, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Hugo Theoret
OBJECTIVE: Determine whether repetitive hits to the head at a subclinical level are associated with structural and functional brain abnormalities and if these effects are influenced by high levels of fitness associated with intense physical activity. METHODS: Seventy-two college students were recruited: 24 non-athletes, 24 athletes practicing a varsity contact sport, and 24 athletes practicing a varsity non-contact sport. They were recruited for a neuropsychological evaluation and a magnetic resonance imaging session that included magnetic resonance spectroscopy of primary motor cortex (M1) and prefrontal cortex and susceptibility-weighted imaging...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29204342/sex-differences-in-white-matter-alterations-following-repetitive-subconcussive-head-impacts-in-collegiate-ice-hockey-players
#5
Nico Sollmann, Paul S Echlin, Vivian Schultz, Petra V Viher, Amanda E Lyall, Yorghos Tripodis, David Kaufmann, Elisabeth Hartl, Philipp Kinzel, Lorie A Forwell, Andrew M Johnson, Elaine N Skopelja, Christian Lepage, Sylvain Bouix, Ofer Pasternak, Alexander P Lin, Martha E Shenton, Inga K Koerte
Objective: Repetitive subconcussive head impacts (RSHI) may lead to structural, functional, and metabolic alterations of the brain. While differences between males and females have already been suggested following a concussion, whether there are sex differences following exposure to RSHI remains unknown. The aim of this study was to identify and to characterize sex differences following exposure to RSHI. Methods: Twenty-five collegiate ice hockey players (14 males and 11 females, 20...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149385/pre-clinical-models-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-challenges-and-lessons-learned
#6
REVIEW
Patrick M Kochanek, Jessica S Wallisch, Hülya Bayır, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE: Despite the enormity of the problem and the lack of new therapies, research in the pre-clinical arena specifically using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) models is limited. In this review, some of the key models addressing both the age spectrum of pediatric TBI and its unique injury mechanisms will be highlighted. Four topics will be addressed, namely, (1) unique facets of the developing brain important to TBI model development, (2) a description of some of the most commonly used pre-clinical models of severe pediatric TBI including work in both rodents and large animals, (3) a description of the pediatric models of mild TBI and repetitive mild TBI that are relatively new, and finally (4) a discussion of challenges, gaps, and potential future directions to further advance work in pediatric TBI models...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122475/head-impact-exposure-from-match-participation-in-women-s-rugby-league-over-one-season-of-domestic-competition
#7
Doug A King, Patria A Hume, Conor Gissane, David C Kieser, Trevor N Clark
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the magnitude, frequency, duration and distribution of head impact exposure in a women's rugby league competition. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Twenty-one players had a wireless impact measuring device (X2Biosystems XPatch) behind their right ear during match participation. Head impact data were collected and downloaded for analysis. Median peak linear and rotational accelerations and impact locations between player positions were assessed using a Friedman repeated measures ANOVA on ranks with a Wilcoxon signed-rank test for post hoc analysis with a Bonferroni correction...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077582/neuroimaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-a-systematic-review
#8
Philip Sparks, Tim Lawrence, Stephan Hinze
OBJECTIVE: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative tauopathy associated with repeated subconcussive and concussive head injury. Clinical features include cognitive, behavioral, mood, and motor impairments. Definitive diagnosis is only possible at postmortem. Here, the utility of neuroimaging in the diagnosis of CTE is evaluated by systematically reviewing recent evidence for changes in neuroimaging biomarkers in suspected cases of CTE compared with controls. DATA SOURCES: Providing an update on a previous systematic review of articles published until December 2014, we searched for articles published between December 2014 and July 2016...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073820/acute-changes-in-plasma-total-tau-levels-are-independent-of-subconcussive-head-impacts-in-college-football-players
#9
Keisuke Kawata, Leah H Rubin, Leroy Wesley, Jong Lee, Thomas Sim, Masahiro Takahagi, Al Bellamy, Ryan Tierney, Dianne Langford
Athletes in contact sports sustain repetitive subconcussive head impacts in a brief window, yet neurophysiological sequelae from repetitive subconcussion remain unclear. This prospective longitudinal study examined a relationship between changes in plasma Tau protein levels and subconcussive impact kinematic data in 23 Division-I collegiate football players during a series of pre-season practices. Plasma measures for Tau and S100β proteins, symptom scores, and near point of convergence were obtained at preseason baseline and pre-post practices...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982552/repetitive-head-impacts-do-not-affect-postural-control-following-a-competitive-athletic-season
#10
Nicholas G Murray, Katelyn E Grimes, Eric D Shiflett, Barry A Munkasy, Nathan R D'Amico, Megan E Mormile, Douglas W Powell, Thomas A Buckley
Evidence suggests that Repetitive Head Impacts (RHI) directly influence the brain over the course of a single contact collision season yet do not significantly impact a player's performance on the standard clinical concussion assessment battery. The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in static postural control after a season of RHI in Division I football athletes using more sensitive measures of postural control as compared to a non-head contact sports. Fourteen Division I football players (CON) (age=20...
October 2, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654066/a-mouse-model-of-single-and-repetitive-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#11
Bevan S Main, Stephanie S Sloley, Sonia Villapol, David N Zapple, Mark P Burns
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) can result in the acute loss of brain function, including a period of confusion, a loss of consciousness (LOC), focal neurological deficits and even amnesia. Athletes participating in contact sports are at high risk of exposure to large number of mTBIs. In terms of the level of injury in a sporting athlete, a mTBI is defined as a mild injury that does not cause gross pathological changes, but does cause short-term neurological deficits that are spontaneously resolved. Despite previous attempts to model mTBI in mice and rats, many have reported gross adverse effects including skull fractures, intracerebral bleeding, axonal injury and neuronal cell death...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631970/computerized-neuropsychological-test-performance-of-youth-football-players-at-different-positions-a-comparison-of-high-and-low-contact-players
#12
William T Tsushima, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Andrea M Siu, Tama Fukuyama, Nathan M Murata
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of head impact frequency on the neuropsychological test results of football players who participate in different positions on the team. Based on the biomechanical measures of head impact frequency reported in high school football, a High Contact group (n = 480) consisting of offensive and defensive linemen was compared with a Low Contact group (n = 640) comprised of receivers and defensive backs. The results revealed that the High Contact group obtained poorer performances on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) on three Composite scores (Verbal Memory, Visual Motor Speed, Impulse Control) and the Total Symptom score compared to the Low Contact group...
February 28, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615399/concussion-diagnosis-and-management-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-family-medicine-residents
#13
Aneetinder Mann, Charles H Tator, James D Carson
OBJECTIVE: To assess the knowledge of, attitudes toward, and learning needs for concussion diagnosis and management among family medicine residents. DESIGN: E-mail survey. SETTING: University of Toronto in Ontario. PARTICIPANTS: Family medicine residents (N = 348). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: To describe relationships between awareness of concussion management and lifestyle, education background, and residency placement, t tests and (2) tests were used as appropriate...
June 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614998/a-season-of-american-football-is-not-associated-with-changes-in-plasma-tau
#14
Jonathan M Oliver, Margaret T Jones, Anthony J Anzalone, K Michele Kirk, David A Gable, Justin T Repshas, Torie A Johnson, Kina Höglund, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg
American football athletes are routinely exposed to sub-concussive impacts over the course of the season. This study sought to examine the effect of a season of American football on plasma tau, a potential marker of axonal damage. Nineteen National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football athletes underwent serial blood sampling over the course of the 2014-2015 season at those times in which the number and magnitude of head impacts likely changed. Non-contact sport controls (NCAA men's swim athletes; n = 19) provided a single plasma sample for comparison...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471243/utility-of-providing-a-concussion-definition-in-the-assessment-of-concussion-history-in-former-nfl-players
#15
Michael L Alosco, Johnny Jarnagin, Yorghos Tripodis, Brett Martin, Christine Chaisson, Christine M Baugh, Alcy Torres, Christopher J Nowinski, Robert C Cantu, Robert A Stern
OBJECTIVE: Former National Football League (NFL) players' working knowledge of concussion has not yet been evaluated, despite this population being a major clinical research target due to the association between repetitive head impacts (RHI) and long-term clinical impairments. This study examined former NFL players' understanding of the current concussion definition, and the association between number of concussions with clinical function. METHODS: 95 former NFL players (mean age = 55...
2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437225/neck-collar-with-mild-jugular-vein-compression-ameliorates-brain-activation-changes-during-a-working-memory-task-after-a-season-of-high-school-football
#16
Weihong Yuan, James Leach, Thomas Maloney, Mekibib Altaye, David Smith, Paul J Gubanich, Kim D Barber Foss, Staci Thomas, Christopher A DiCesare, Adam W Kiefer, Gregory D Myer
Emerging evidence indicates that repetitive head impacts, even at a sub-concussive level, may result in exacerbated or prolonged neurological deficits in athletes. This study aimed to: 1) quantify the effect of repetitive head impacts on the alteration of neuronal activity based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of working memory after a high school football season; and 2) determine whether a neck collar that applies mild jugular vein compression designed to reduce brain energy absorption in head impact through "slosh" mitigation can ameliorate the altered fMRI activation during a working memory task...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412141/toll-like-receptor-4-activation-can-be-either-detrimental-or-beneficial-following-mild-repetitive-traumatic-brain-injury-depending-on-timing-of-activation
#17
Frances Corrigan, Alina Arulsamy, Lyndsey E Collins-Praino, Joshua L Holmes, Robert Vink
A history of repeated concussion has been linked to the later development of neurodegeneration, which is associated with the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau and the development of behavioral deficits. However, the role that exogenous factors, such as immune activation, may play in the development of neurodegeneration following repeated mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) has not yet been explored. To investigate, male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered three mTBIs 5days apart using the diffuse impact-acceleration model to generate ∼100G...
April 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393012/the-effect-of-repetitive-subconcussive-collisions-on-brain-integrity-in-collegiate-football-players-over-a-single-football-season-a-multi-modal-neuroimaging-study
#18
Semyon M Slobounov, Alexa Walter, Hans C Breiter, David C Zhu, Xiaoxiao Bai, Tim Bream, Peter Seidenberg, Xianglun Mao, Brian Johnson, Thomas M Talavage
The cumulative effect of repetitive subconcussive collisions on the structural and functional integrity of the brain remains largely unknown. Athletes in collision sports, like football, experience a large number of impacts across a single season of play. The majority of these impacts, however, are generally overlooked, and their long-term consequences remain poorly understood. This study sought to examine the effects of repetitive collisions across a single competitive season in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision athletes using advanced neuroimaging approaches...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387556/long-term-cognitive-and-neuropsychiatric-consequences-of-repetitive-concussion-and-head-impact-exposure
#19
REVIEW
Thomas McAllister, Michael McCrea
Initially, interest in sport-related concussion arose from the premise that the study of athletes engaged in sports associated with high rates of concussion could provide insight into the mechanisms, phenomenology, and recovery from mild traumatic brain injury. Over the last decade, concerns have focused on the possibility that, for some athletes, repetitive concussions may raise the long-term risk for cognitive decline, neurobehavioral changes, and neurodegenerative disease. First conceptualized as a discrete event with variable recovery trajectories, concussion is now viewed by some as a trigger of neurobiological events that may influence neurobehavioral function over the course of the life span...
March 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225689/sex-differences-in-anthropometrics-and-heading-kinematics-among-division-i-soccer-athletes
#20
Abigail C Bretzin, Jamie L Mansell, Ryan T Tierney, Jane K McDevitt
BACKGROUND: Soccer players head the ball repetitively throughout their careers; this is also a potential mechanism for a concussion. Although not all soccer headers result in a concussion, these subconcussive impacts may impart acceleration, deceleration, and rotational forces on the brain, leaving structural and functional deficits. Stronger neck musculature may reduce head-neck segment kinematics. HYPOTHESIS: The relationship between anthropometrics and soccer heading kinematics will not differ between sexes...
March 2017: Sports Health
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