EFFECTS OF HEAD IMPACT BIOMECHANICS ON VISUAL-MOTOR PERFORMANCE OVER THE COURSE OF A COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Gagnon-Joseph, Philippe
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • Sports-related concussions have been shown to cause visual impairments while there is uncertainty regarding the neural effects of sub-concussive head impacts. Given the complexity of visual-motor sensory integration, it seems possible that if subconcussive impacts result in a neural defect, this deficit could manifest itself as a decrement in visual performance. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between visual-motor performance and head impact biomechanics in Division I College football players. We found that players with poorer pre-season visual-motor performance demonstrated more severe head impact biomechanics. We also found that high severity subconcussive head impacts can have negative effects on visual-motor performance.
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  • Mihalik, Jason
  • Ford, Catherine
  • Register-Mihalik, Johna
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2018
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