Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Neuropsychologists are increasingly involved in the assessment and management of sports-related concussion. This is the only book to provide practical guidelines for evaluating mild head injury and making crucial return-to-play decisions for athletes at all levels, from schoolchildren to high school, college, and professional players. Essential basic knowledge is presented and exemplary concussion management programs are described in depth. Coverage encompasses the most sophisticated, evidence-based neurocognitive techniques, including computerized test batteries for pre- and postconcussion assessment. With special attention to ethical and professional issues, the book provides keys to successful collaboration with physicians, coaches and trainers, and patients and their families.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Eric B. Larson, PhD (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This is a primer on assessment and treatment of athletes with head injury. It is a collection of literature reviews, descriptions of model programs, and recommendations for clinical practice.
Purpose: The stated intent is to provide an introduction to the field by surveying current practice and explaining the science behind it. A comprehensive reference work in the area would play a needed role in the development of evidence-based practice. While much of the book realizes this aspiration, it is uneven and, as a whole, falls short of its objective.
Audience: The editor states that clinical psychologists are the target audience for this book. In actuality, psychology students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows may seek out information on this topic at least as often as experienced clinicians. For the most part, the authors are reputable researchers although some appear to be businessmen whose academic credentials are not as well established.
Features: Fairly thorough reviews present essential background information. A substantial compendium of assessment techniques are outlined, ranging from simple five-minute mental status exams read from a card to sophisticated test batteries administered by a computer. The authors anticipate objections and lay out arguments to support their responses to controversies in assessment, but ultimately some are not convincing. Several unfortunate typographic errors also detract from the credibility of the articles. Neuropsychologists may find it disconcerting that the authors are equipping coaches, trainers, and team physicians with psychometric instruments and endorsing their efforts to perform standardized assessment in the absence of formal training. Some authors succeed in describing the role that qualified specialists can play in consultation with athletic staff who administer such measures. Others fail to explain that test data are not self-interpreting and that they contribute to informed diagnosis and treatment only when properly understood.
Assessment: Readers of this book will receive a satisfactory introduction to the field of sports neuropsychology. However, they may discover this introduction raises as many questions as it answers.
From the Publisher

"As neuropsychological assessment, especially computerized, plays an increasingly prominent role in the recognition and management of athletic mild traumatic brain injury, this comprehensive text is a 'must read' for the entire sports medicine team treating such injuries. Written by a 'who’s who' in the field, and covering all age groups, this is by far the most salient text on this important subject."--Robert C. Cantu, MD, Neurosurgery Service, Emerson Hospital; Neurological Sports Injury Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

"This practical yet scholarly volume provides important information for those interested in sports neuropsychology. It includes useful suggestions for handling many professional issues that neuropsychologists face when evaluating an athlete, including the key (and difficult) question of how to evaluate recovery from concussion and determine an athlete's readiness to return to play. This up-to-date book will be of benefit to both experienced and beginning neuropsychologists involved in this new area of work."--George P. Prigatano, PhD, Department of Clinical Neuropsychology, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

"Athletes frequently suffer concussions, and neuropsychologists are increasingly playing a role in assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play. This book provides both breadth and depth in the areas of concussion management and sports neuropsychology. The chapters are interesting, unique, and written by leaders in the field. I consider it essential reading for professionals interested in sports neuropsychology."--Grant L. Iverson, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada

Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

"The text will likely be of greatest interest to neuropsychologists....[It] will be of interest to other sports medicine clinicians who are interested in obtaining an in-depth appreciation of the history and development of neurocognitive testing in sports, and how various cognitive functions are assessed by the different computerized neurocognitive tests. Athletic trainers and team physicians may find the chapter on sideline assessment particularly useful. Students or neuroscientists needing a review of sports concussion epidemiology and basic concussion pathophysiology will also find the book valuable....Sports Neuropsychology is well-written, does not suffer from the redundancy found in many edited texts, and should be considered a useful and authoritative review of the status of this emerging specialty."--Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Developmental Neuropsychology

"This timely resource represents a compilation of historical, conceptual, developmental, and applied knowledge concerning the neuropsychological sequelae and implications of sports-related concussive injuries in both amateur and professional athletes....A welcome addition to the broader field of clinical neuropsychology providing a blueprint that maps out new avenues for clinical practice. It covers a wide range of conceptual and practical issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of concussive injuries, and is an excellent resource for practicing clinicians working with a broad spectrum of competitive athletes."--Developmental Neuropsychology
Physical Therapy

"The book is well-referenced and very readable....The book is well edited so that the writing style flows naturally....Ample ideas for research can be found throughout the text....It would serve well as a reference book for professionals involved with sports programs or neurological rehabilitation."--Physical Therapy
Archives of Neurology

"An interesting and useful book, because it sheds light on a relatively novel but growing area of clinical practice for neurologists and clinical neuropsychologists and includes valuable practical information for someone interested in developing a sports concussion management program. Concussion management certainly appears to be a burgeoning field, and this book does an excellent job of discussing practical matters critical for assisting in the care of athletes at all levels of competition."--Archives of Neurology
Physical Therapy

"The book is well-referenced and very readable....The book is well edited so that the writing style flows naturally....Ample ideas for research can be found throughout the text....It would serve well as a reference book for professionals involved with sports programs or neurological rehabilitation."--Physical Therapy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572300781
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruben J. Echemendía, PhD, obtained his doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Formerly, Dr. Echemendía served as Director of the Psychological Clinic at The Pennsylvania State University for 15 years before pursuing a full-time independent practice. During his tenure at Penn State, he founded the clinical neuropsychology laboratory in the Department of Psychology, where he focused his research efforts on the diagnosis and management of cerebral concussion, and was the principal investigator for the grant-supported Penn State Cerebral Concussion Program. He has served as Director of the National Hockey League's Neuropsychological Testing Program and as neuropsychological consultant to the United States Soccer Federation and the U.S. national soccer teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Club, and several minor league, college, and high school programs. He has edited three books, is the author of numerous book chapters, and has published extensively in psychological and medical journals. Dr. Echemendía has presented symposia, lectures, and research papers throughout the United States and internationally. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and was recently elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division of Neuropsychology.
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Table of Contents

I. Sports Neuropsychology in Context
1. Sports: A New Frontier for Neuropsychology, Jeffrey T. Barth, Donna K. Broshek, and Jason R. Freeman
2. A History of Sports-Related Concussions: A Neuropsychological Perspective, Eric A. Zillmer, Jillian Schneider, Jennifer Tinker, and Catherine I. Kaminaris
3. Consulting with Athletes: Rewards and Pitfalls, Ruben J. Echemendía
II. Concussion Assessment and Management
4. Definition, Physiology, and Severity of Cerebral Concussion, Frank M. Webbe
5. Epidemiology of Cerebral Concussion: The Extent of the Problem, Stephen N. Macciocchi
6. Assessing Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on the Sideline, William B. Barr
7. Return to Play, Ruben J. Echemendía
III. Testing Programs
8. Concussion Management Programs for School-Age Children, Jill Brooks
9. Creating a Successful Concussion Management Program at the High School Level, Jamie Pardini and Micky Collins
10. Neuropsychological Testing Programs for College Athletes, Philip Schatz and Tracey Covassin
11. Neuropsychological Assessment of the Professional Athlete, Mark R. Lovell
IV. Computerized Neuropsychological Test Batteries
12. The ImPACT Neuropsychological Test Battery, Mark R. Lovell
13. The HeadMinder Concussion Resolution Index, Tanya Kaushik and David M. Erlanger
14. CogSport, Alexander Collie, Paul Maruff, David Darby, Michael Makdissi, Paul McCrory, and Michael McStephen
15. Sports Concussion Applications of the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics Sports Medicine Battery, Joseph Bleiberg, Alison Cernich, and Dennis Reeves
V. Views from within the Sports Medicine Team
16. The Athletic Trainer's Point of View, John L. Furtado
17. The Team Physician's Point of View, Margot Putukian
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