Sports-related concussion testing

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep. 2012 Oct;12(5):547-59. doi: 10.1007/s11910-012-0299-y.


Due to the recent focus on concussion in sports, a number of tests have been developed to diagnose and manage concussion. While each test measures different brain functions, no single test has been shown to quickly and reliably assess concussion in all cases. In addition, most of the current concussion tests have not been validated by scientific investigation. This review identifies the pros and cons of the most commonly used noninvasive tests for concussion in order to provide a more complete picture of the resources that are available for concussion testing. The potential utility of research tools such as the head impact telemetry system, advanced magnetic resonance imaging protocols, and biomarkers are discussed in the context of the currently employed tools.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis*
  • Brain Concussion / metabolism
  • Brain Concussion / therapy
  • Humans
  • Neuroimaging / methods
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Sports*


  • Biomarkers