Providing a clearer insight into how sport-related concussion and physical pain impact mental health, cognition, and quality of life

Walker, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0002-9369-6953, Qureshi, Adam W., Marchant, David, Ford, Ben ORCID: 0000-0001-7502-7505 and Balani, Alex Bahrami (2023) Providing a clearer insight into how sport-related concussion and physical pain impact mental health, cognition, and quality of life. Journal of Concussion, 7. doi:10.1177/20597002221142379

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Sport-related concussion (SRC) and physical pain are both associated with poor mental health, impaired cognition, and reduced quality of life. Despite SRC and physical pain often co-occurring, there is little research that investigates these two factors together, and therefore it is difficult to conclude which of these contributes to the negative outcomes associated with them. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effect of SRC and physical pain on mental health, cognitive ability, and quality of life. Depression was measured using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, anxiety was assessed using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory while the SF-12 recorded health-related quality of life. A trail making task (TMT) assessed cognitive flexibility of participants. Analysis of 83 participants (43 concussed) revealed that SRC led to reduced accuracy on TMT(A) and (B), whereas physical pain was responsible for poorer mental health and reduced quality of life. This study highlights the influence that SRC has on cognitive ability and the impact that physical pain has on mental health and quality of life. With this information, we are better placed to predict the negative consequences of SRC and physical pain and therefore tailor support accordingly.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depression: Anxiety; Cognitive flexibility; Quality of life; Concussion; Physical pain
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Ben Ford
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2024 12:20
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024 08:00

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