Date of Award

6-30-2017

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jenny Cornish, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Ragnar Storaasli, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Joy Goldberg, Ph.D.

Keywords

Sports Related Concussions, Gender, High School

Abstract

Growing research on both the immediate and long-term effects of sports-related concussions (SRCs) in professional athletes has called attention not only to understanding the impact of concussions in high school athletes, but has also focused on understanding how SRCs may impact female athletes differently than male athletes (Covassin & Elbin, 2011; Kirkwood, Yeates, & Wilson, 2006). There are many studies that have highlighted the neurocognitive, academic, and socioemotional implications of these brain injuries on developing youth, but there are few studies that focus on gender differences in adolescent athletes (Daneshvar, Nowinski, McKee, & Cantu, 2011; Kirkwood, et al., 2006). Understanding how sports-related concussions impact males and females differently can be crucial in approaching diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of these issues, outline considerations for the field, provide recommendations for treatment providers, and share some case illustrations.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Extent

28 pages

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