Sports concussion assessment and management: future research directions

Brain Inj. 2015;29(2):276-82. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2014.965216. Epub 2014 Oct 14.


Over the past 2 decades, major progress has been achieved toward advancing the translational science of sport-related concussion (SRC), paving the way for evidence-based guidelines for injury diagnosis, evaluation and management. Several key empirical questions on the basic and clinical science of SRC, however, remain unanswered. The aim of this summary article is to highlight gaps in the existing science of SRC and to propose a platform for the next generation of SRC research. The article is framed around addressing two key questions that have major significance to protecting the health and safety of athletes affected by SRC, including: (a) Who is at risk of slow recovery or poor outcome after SRC, and why? (b) How does one modify the risks of slow recovery and poor outcome after SRC? Another aim of this article is to stimulate thought among researchers who will carry the science of SRC into the future, including neuropsychology leaders in the field. Implications for the broader science of traumatic brain injury are also discussed.

Keywords: Neuropsychology; research; sports concussion.

MeSH terms

  • Athletes
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Brain Concussion / complications
  • Brain Concussion / physiopathology
  • Brain Concussion / rehabilitation*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Recovery of Function
  • Sports Medicine* / trends