Neurophysiological assessment prior to and following sports-related concussion during childhood: a case study

Neurocase. 2008;14(3):239-48. doi: 10.1080/13554790802247543. Epub 2008 Jul 25.


The goal of this study was to measure the neurophysiological and cognitive functions of a sport-concussed child and to longitudinally assess the recovery pattern. An 8-year-old girl suffered a concussion while playing soccer. Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) were recorded at 7 weeks pre-injury and 24 h, 7, 22, 32 and 55 weeks post-injury. A neuropsychological assessment performed at 24 h post-injury reveals cognitive impairments, mainly attentional, that resolved within 22 weeks. VEPs and spectral analyses confirm the presence of cortical impairments up to 1 year post-injury, especially affecting vigilance and attention, which were reflected in school performance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain Concussion / complications
  • Brain Concussion / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Evoked Potentials, Visual / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Schools
  • Soccer / injuries*