Title

Visual perturbation impacts upright postural stability in athletes with an acute concussion

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-15-2018

Abstract

Objective: The impact that visual perturbation has on upright postural stability in an athlete with a concussion has not been established. The present study aimed to characterize the influence that visual perturbation stimuli have on upright balance among athletes with acute concussions. Design: A 2X2X2 repeated measure designed was used. Method: The present study examined the influence visual perturbation has on individuals suffering from an acute concussion. Fourteen participants (7 with a concussion and 7 matched controls) underwent various balance assessments with and without visual perturbation. Results: Overall, athletes with acute concussions demonstrated impairments in balance 24–48 hours following a concussion. However, when assessed using a visual perturbation task, athletes with acute concussions demonstrated improved balance, while control subjects did not show any significant changes during the same visual perturbation task. Conclusion: An athlete’s ability to disregard visual perturbation stimuli is imperative for successful participation in sports. Due to the observed alterations in balance when given a visual perturbation task, it is suggested that athletes with acute concussions place more attention on the balance task and may disregard other less meaningful tasks.

Publication Name

Brain Injury

Volume Number

32

First Page

1566

Last Page

1575

Issue Number

12

DOI

10.1080/02699052.2018.1497812

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