Transient suppression of heart rate complexity in concussed athletes

Auton Neurosci. 2009 Jun 15;148(1-2):101-3. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2009.03.001. Epub 2009 Mar 21.


Heart rate variability (HRV) and complexity (HRC) were calculated at rest and during an isometric hand grip test (IHGT) within 48-hours (48 h) and two weeks (Week Two) of a concussion in athletes (CG) and control subjects. No differences were present at rest or in HRV during IGHT. HRC was significantly lower in the CG compared to controls at 48 h during IHGT. In CG at Week Two during IHGT, HRC was significantly greater than 48 h observations and not significantly different than controls. The findings suggest that HRC may have utility in detecting efferent cardiac autonomic anomalies within two weeks of concussion.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / complications*
  • Brain Concussion / etiology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Female
  • Hand Strength / physiology
  • Heart Rate / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult