Headgear does not improve neurocogntivie function and balance performance following acute bouts of soccer heading Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Askey, Lauren M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Our purpose was to investigate the effects of the Full90TM protective headband on the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool2 (SCAT2), Balance Error Scoring System (BESS), Simple Reaction Time (SRT), and Sensory Organization Test (SOT) scores following two bouts of heading using active, healthy college-aged soccer players. The study utilized a repeated measures design involving baseline testing followed by two subsequent sessions, including a heading intervention, performed with and without the Full90TM headgear. Totally within repeated measure ANCOVAs were computed with neck musculature strength and headgear satisfaction serving as covariates. Detriments were not observed in the SCAT2, BESS, SRT, or composite SOT scores following heading sessions. Wearing soccer headgear during the heading activity did not influence any of the scores. Results suggest that acute bouts of heading do not lead to impairments on clinical concussion measures and wearing headgear provides no further protection in this regard.
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  • Zinder, Steven
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