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Value of neuropsychological testing after head injuries in football
  1. P McCrory1,
  2. M Makdissi1,
  3. G Davis2,
  4. A Collie3
  1. 1Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Cabrini Medical Centre, Malvern, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3CogState Ltd., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr P McCrory
 University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;


This paper reviews the pros and cons of the traditional paper and pencil and the newer computerised neuropsychological tests in the management of sports concussion. The differences between diagnosing concussion on the field and neuropsychological assessment at follow up and decision making with regard to return to play are described. The authors also discuss the issues involved in interpreting the results of neuropsychological testing (comparison with population norms versus player’s own baseline test results) and potential problems of such testing in football. Finally, suggested recommendations for neuropsychological testing in football are given.

  • concussion
  • football
  • head injury
  • neuropsychology
  • soccer

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  • Competing interests: A Collie is employed by CogSport, a commercial computerised concussion management software company. None of the other authors has a declared conflict of interest.