"Feeling foggy?": an investigation into the self-reported post-concussive symptoms in rugby union players at university level

Boulind, Melissa (2006) "Feeling foggy?": an investigation into the self-reported post-concussive symptoms in rugby union players at university level. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

A study was conducted on the self-reported symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury sustained in Rugby Union at the pre- and post-season stages. A full sample of 30 rugby players at Rhodes University was compared to 27 non-contact sport controls. A reduced sample of 20 rugby players and 9 control participants provided improved control for education and IQ and was compared. Measures included the WAIS-III Vocabulary and Picture Completion Sub-tests to estimate IQ level, the symptom checklist on a widely used computer-based program (ImPACT), and a paper and pencil self-report 31-Item Post-Concussion Symptom Questionnaire. Independent and Dependent T-Test comparisons were conducted on the full and reduced samples. The symptoms reported by the rugby group appeared to be more pronounced on both the ImPACT Symptom Scale and the 31-Item Post-Concussion Symptom Questionnaire when compared to the control group at both the pre-and post-season stages. It was concluded that the rugby players demonstrated evidence to support the hypothesis of having sustained more previous concussions and reporting more symptoms at the pre-season stage when compared to comtrol participants. No prevalent changes for either the rugby or control groups were seen in dependent comparisons from pre-to post-season.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Brain damage, Concussion, Sport injuries, Symptoms, Rugby football, Rugby Union
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
Supervisors:Edwards, Ann
ID Code:2861
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:30 May 2012 08:34
Last Modified:30 May 2012 08:34
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