A Study of Visual and Sensory Performance, Collision Anticipation, and Head Impact Biomechanics in College Football Players Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Harpham, Jacqueline
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between traditional and visual sensory measures of reaction time; and the associations between visual and sensory performance, collision anticipation, and head impact severity in college football players. Thirty-eight collegiate football players participated in the study. We used realtime data collection instrumentation to record head impact biomechanics during games and practices. Our findings reveal no significant correlations between reaction time on traditional and visual sensory measures and no significant association between level of collision anticipation and head impact severity. We found a significant association between head impact severity and level of visual and sensory performance for multiple assessments. Our findings reveal a link between level of visual and sensory performance and head impact biomechanics. Future research will allow clinicians to have the most appropriate testing batteries to identify at-risk athletes and create interventions to decrease their risk of injurious head impacts.
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  • Mihalik, Jason
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2013
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