The Influence of Psychological Distress on Baseline Concussion Measures Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Baum, Michael
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Accurate concussion baseline testing is necessary for appropriate post-injury comparisons to pre-injury measurements. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of psychological distress on baseline concussion measures, and to examine the association between change in psychological distress and change in performance on clinical measures of concussion. We completed baseline testing and an assessment of psychological distress on 165 participants. Fifty-six participants completed the same procedure ten weeks later. One-way ANOVAs were used to examine differences in dependent variables at baseline between distress groups. Chi Square tests of independence were used to examine the association between change in distress and change in clinical measures of concussion. Significant differences existed between distress groups on verbal memory, and neurobehavioral and somatic symptom reporting. Significant associations were observed between distress and postural stability, and symptom reporting. However, when considering clinical significance, psychological distress may not be a confounding variable in concussion assessment.
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  • Mihalik, Jason
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2012

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