The Abbreviated Westmead Post-traumatic Amnesia Scale and Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool: data from amateur sports players in live-match conditions

Christopher Hayter, Susanne Meares*, E. Arthur Shores

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    Abstract

    Sports-related concussion is a growing public health concern. A short, simple sideline assessment tool is essential for evaluation of concussion at an amateur participation level. The current study examined responses to sideline assessment measures in a sample of amateur Australian Rules Football players competing in real-time live matches who had not sustained a concussion on the day of testing. Participants (N = 127) completed the Abbreviated Westmead Post-traumatic Amnesia Scale (A-WPTAS) and the Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool (Pocket CRT), which contains the Maddocks Questions (assessing orientation and recent memory) and the Postconcussion Symptom Scale (PCSS). The study showed 98.4% of participants passed the A-WPTAS, while 81.9% passed the Maddocks Questions. Participants endorsed a mean of 4.16 (SD = 4.02) symptoms on the PCSS, with 86.6% endorsing at least 1 symptom at a mild level or greater and 40.2% endorsing at least 1 symptom at a moderate or severe level. The current results suggest the Maddocks Questions may not be sufficient for use in an amateur sports context. To reduce the risk for a false positive diagnosis of concussion, it is recommended that the Pocket CRT be complemented with the A-WPTAS for use in an amateur sports context.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-41
    Number of pages12
    JournalApplied Neuropsychology:Adult
    Volume24
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

    Keywords

    • Concussion
    • mild traumatic brain injury
    • posttraumatic amnesia
    • sideline assessment
    • sports

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