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Computerized Neurocognitive Testing in the Management of Sport-Related Concussion: An Update

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Since the late nineties, computerized neurocognitive testing has become a central component of sport-related concussion (SRC) management at all levels of sport. In 2005, a review of the available evidence on the psychometric properties of four computerized neuropsychological test batteries concluded that the tests did not possess the necessary criteria to warrant clinical application. Since the publication of that review, several more computerized neurocognitive tests have entered the market place. The purpose of this review is to summarize the body of published studies on psychometric properties and clinical utility of computerized neurocognitive tests available for use in the assessment of SRC. A review of the literature from 2005 to 2013 was conducted to gather evidence of test-retest reliability and clinical validity of these instruments. Reviewed articles included both prospective and retrospective studies of primarily sport-based adult and pediatric samples. Summaries are provided regarding the available evidence of reliability and validity for the most commonly used computerized neurocognitive tests in sports settings.

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Resch, J.E., McCrea, M.A. & Cullum, C.M. Computerized Neurocognitive Testing in the Management of Sport-Related Concussion: An Update. Neuropsychol Rev 23, 335–349 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11065-013-9242-5

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Keywords

  • Neurocognitive
  • Reliability
  • Concussion
  • Validity
  • Sensitivity
  • Specificity