Computerized Cognitive Testing in the Management of Youth Sports-Related Concussion

J Child Neurol. 2016 Jan;31(1):68-75. doi: 10.1177/0883073814559645. Epub 2014 Dec 4.


Computerized neurocognitive testing has become a growing practice across medical populations, but particularly within sports medicine and the management of sports-related concussion. Although traditional neuropsychological measures are solely administered and interpreted by neuropsychologists, computerized cognitive tests are marketed to and utilized by a wide range of professionals involved in the management of sports-related concussions, many of whom lack specialized psychometric training. Although the benefits of computerized testing allow for many youth athletes to be evaluated quickly, professionals implementing their use should be aware of the potential pitfalls and the high potential for misuse. After briefly reviewing the recommended guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, we review the benefits/limitations of computerized testing in the management of sports-related concussion and the basic psychometric properties of some of the more widely used computerized measures. Lastly, we discuss the practical application of these devices.

Keywords: cognition; computerized testing; sports-related concussion.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Concussion / complications*
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Humans
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Youth Sports