Recognition of concussion as a serious injury, informed by neurological and physiological research, is now commonplace in sport. However, research on the psychology of concussive injury—its psychological implications and outcomes, and psychological interventions for prevention and recovery—has largely been overlooked. This is the first book to explicitly and authoritatively set out the psychological aspects of sport-related concussion from a multidisciplinary and global perspective

The book attempts to offer a global understanding of the injury by presenting an historical overview; exploring the psychological implications of sport-related concussion and the influence of gender and sociocultural context on concussive injury and recovery; setting out practical guidance on working with special populations suffering from concussive injuries; and discussing the theoretical and methodological considerations for research on concussion and future directions for this research.

Written by a group of leading international experts and offering a hitherto underdeveloped perspective on this crucial area of sports injury research, this book is crucial reading for any upper-level student, researcher, sport scientist, coach, or allied health professional working on sport-related concussion. It is also valuable reading for students and researchers interested in the psychosocial processes that impact injury and recovery or general professional practice in sport psychology.

chapter 1|7 pages


ByGordon A. Bloom, Jeffrey G. Caron

chapter 2|12 pages

Historical perspectives of athletic injuries and concussions

ByLeslie Podlog, John Heil, Stefanie Podlog, Chris Hammer

chapter 3|17 pages

The role of neuropsychology in understanding, assessing, and managing sport-related concussions

ByDave Ellemberg, Veronik Sicard, Adam Harrison, Jacob J. M. Kay, Robert Davis Moore

chapter 4|15 pages

Psychological outcomes associated with concussion

ByAnthony P. Kontos

chapter 5|14 pages

Concussion education

Is it making a difference?
ByJeffrey G. Caron

chapter 6|17 pages

Theoretical implications and applications for understanding and changing concussion-related behaviors

ByEmilie Michalovic, Jeffrey G. Caron, Shane N. Sweet

chapter 7|28 pages

A psychological skills training program for concussed athletes

ByCassandra M. Seguin, Natalie Durand-Bush

chapter 8|16 pages

Concussion in athletes with disabilities

ByOsman Hassan Ahmed, Matthew Slater, Jamie B. Barker, Tracy Blake

chapter 9|20 pages

Sex differences of sport-related concussion

ByTracey Covassin, Morgan Anderson, Kyle M. Petit, Jennifer L. Savage, Abigail C. Bretzin

chapter 10|21 pages

Child and adolescent athletes

ByLaura Purcell

chapter 11|16 pages

Psychological aspects of concussion in university athletes

ByEmily Kroshus

chapter 12|15 pages

Concussions in professional sports

ByJ. Scott Delaney, Michael Orenstein, Rebecca Steins

chapter 13|13 pages

Sociocultural aspects of concussion

ByDominic Malcolm

chapter 14|24 pages

Quantitative approaches in sport-related concussion research

ByMeredith Rocchi, Camille Guertin, Scott Rathwell

chapter 15|17 pages

Qualitative methods in concussion research

ByKaleigh Ferdin Pennock, Katherine A. Tamminen, Lynda Mainwaring