Date of Award

10-19-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Casey, Joseph

Keywords

Baseline, Children, Computerized assessments, Concussion, NeuroPsychology, Reliability

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Baseline neurocognitive assessments are recommended to assist with concussion management in athletes, but there is no research available regarding the psychometric properties of the Immediate Post-concussion Assessment & Cognitive Testing (ImPACT), the most widely used assessment tool, in children younger than high-school age despite its assertion that it can be used as young as 11 years old. The purpose of the present study was to determine the two-week test-retest reliability of the ImPACT neurocognitive test in a healthy sample of young athletes. Participants (n=40) included healthy athletes ages 10 through 14 who were asked to complete the baseline ImPACT neurocognitive test on two occasions, two weeks apart. Overall, the ImPACT neurocognitive test has at least fair test-retest reliability with intraclass correlation coefficients for absolute agreement ranging from 0.35 to 0.74. The findings are compared to existing research, and the limitations, clinical applications and future directions for research are discussed.

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