Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in sports has become an important international public health issue over the past two decades. However, until recently, return to play decisions following a sports-related traumatic brain injury have been based on anecdotal evidence and have not been based on scientifically validated clinical protocols. Over the past decade, the field of Neuropsychology has become an increasingly important component of the return to play decision making process following TBI. Neuropsychological assessment instruments are increasingly being adapted for use with athletes throughout the world and the field of sports neuropsychology appears to be a rapidly evolving subspecialty.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the application of neuropsychological assessment instruments in sports, and it is structured to present a global perspective on contemporary research. In addition to a review of current research, Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports: An International Neuropsychological Perspective, presents a thorough review of current clinical models that are being implemented internationally within American and Australian rules football, soccer, boxing, ice hockey, rugby and equestrian sports.

section Section I|108 pages

Basic Concepts

chapter Chapter 1|19 pages

Historical Perspectives

ByScott D. Bender, Jeffrey T. Barth, James Irby

chapter Chapter 2|11 pages

Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention

ByJohn W. Powell

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

Biomechanics of Brain Injury in Athletes

ByJames A. Newman

chapter Chapter 4|26 pages

The Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury

ByChristopher C. Giza, David A. Hovda

chapter Chapter 5|23 pages

Neuroimaging in Sports-Related Brain Injury

ByErin D. Bigler, William W. Orrison

chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Genetic Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports

ByBarry D. Jordan

section Section II|170 pages

Models of Neuropsychological Assessment

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Collegiate and High School Sports

ByMichael W. Collins, Ruben J. Echemendia, Mark R. Lovell

chapter Chapter 8|19 pages

Youth Hockey

ByRudolph Hatfield, Linas Bieliauskas, Paula Begloff, Brett Steinberg, Mary Kauszler

chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

South African Rugby Union

ByA. Shuttleworth-Edwards, M. Border, I. Reid, S. Radloff

chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

Australian Rules Football and Rugby League

ByAnton D. Hinton-Bayre, Gina Geffen

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages


ByErik J.T. Matser, Fons A.G.H. Kessels, Mark R. Lovell

chapter Chapter 12|11 pages

American Professional Football

ByMark R. Lovell, William Barr

chapter Chapter 13|9 pages

Professional Ice Hockey

ByMark R. Lovell, Ruben J. Echemendia, Charles J. Burke

chapter Chapter 14|24 pages


ByRobert L. Heilbronner, Lisa D. Ravdin

chapter Chapter 15 1|24 pages

Equestrian Sports

ByDonna K. Broshek, Amy M. Brazil, Jason R. Freeman, Jeffrey T. Barth

section Section III|115 pages

Methodological Issues

chapter Chapter 16|18 pages

Methodological Concerns in Traumatic Brain Injury

ByStephen N. Macciocchi, Jeffrey T. Barth

chapter Chapter 17|23 pages

Reliability, Validity, and the Measurement of Change in Serial Assessments of Athletes

ByMichael D. Franzen, Robert J. Frerichs, Grant L. Iverson

chapter Chapter 18|33 pages

Practical Considerations for Interpreting Change Following Brain Injury

ByGrant L. Iverson, Michael Gaetz

chapter Chapter 19|18 pages

Special Considerations and Implications of Neuropsychological Testing in Professional Athletes

ByElizabeth Kozora, Don Gerber

chapter Chapter 20|19 pages

Computerized Assessment of Sports-Related Brain Injury

ByKenneth Podell

section Section IV|104 pages

Special Topics

chapter Chapter 21|20 pages

Consultation with Sports Organizations

ByW. Gary Snow, Kenneth C. Kutner, Ronnie Barnes

chapter Chapter 22|18 pages

Psychotherapy and Psychological Aspects of Recovery from Brain Injury

ByM. Alan J. Finlayson

chapter Chapter 23|8 pages

Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Evaluations in Sports

ByRuben J. Echemendia

chapter Chapter 24|24 pages

Gender Issues in Brain Injury

ByJill Brooks

chapter Chapter 25|11 pages

Ethical Issues in the Evaluation of Athletes

ByElizabeth S. Parker, Ruben J. Echemendia, Craig Milhouse

chapter Chapter 26|20 pages

Return to Play Following Brain Injury

ByRuben J. Echemendia, Robert C. Cantu