Application of reliable change indices to computerized neuropsychological measures of concussion

Int J Neurosci. 2009;119(4):492-507. doi: 10.1080/00207450802330876.


Serial assessments of neurocognitive functioning in athletes with concussion are commonly used for return to play decisions. This study provides reliable change indices (RCIs) for computerized tests from 40 NCAA Division I collegiate athletes that suffered a sports-related concussion. The normative data that resulted from the RCIs and subsequent analyses of differences between improved and not improved athletes may aid both clinicians and researchers to assess whether observed change on neuropsychological measures is reliable change or change due simply to practice effects. Hence, the RCIs presented herein provide information that may be used judiciously by a clinician for assessing meaningful change.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis*
  • Computers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests*
  • Practice, Psychological