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Recovery After Sports Concussions: Focus on Psychological Factors


Purpose of Review

Many factors can delay recovery after a sports-related concussion (SRC). There has been relatively greater emphasis on identifying neurophysiological complications, especially in the acute cohort. However, it is important to be aware of behavioral and psychological factors that may be overlooked in this population.

Recent Findings

More information is emerging regarding clinical profiles that confer greater risks for delayed recovery after concussion. Additionally, there is more awareness that young athletes can be affected by many of the confounders that affect recovery for adults with mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Identification and treatment of these conditions may help hasten recovery for individuals who sustain SRCs.


Clinicians should be aware of the factors that may predict delayed recovery after SCR and mild TBI in general. Psychological causes may be overlooked, especially acutely.

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Watanabe, T.K. Recovery After Sports Concussions: Focus on Psychological Factors. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep (2022).

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  • Sports-related concussion
  • Delayed recovery
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Concussion management