Speech-Language Pathology and Concussion Management in Intercollegiate Athletics: The Miami University Concussion Management Program Purpose The Miami University Concussion Management Program was established in 1999 to assess, manage, and monitor athletes who sustain concussions and experience neurobehavioral and neurocognitive symptoms secondary to their injury. The purpose of this article is to describe the established procedures of one of the oldest university-based interdisciplinary concussion management ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   November 2014
Speech-Language Pathology and Concussion Management in Intercollegiate Athletics: The Miami University Concussion Management Program
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kelly Knollman Porter
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Fofi Constantinidou
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
    University of Cyprus
  • Kathleen Hutchinson Marron
    Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Kelly Knollman Porter: knollmkk@miamioh.edu
  • Fofi Constantinidou developed and coordinated the concussion program between 1999 and 2008 while on the Miami University faculty and is now affiliated with the University of Cyprus.
    Fofi Constantinidou developed and coordinated the concussion program between 1999 and 2008 while on the Miami University faculty and is now affiliated with the University of Cyprus.×
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Margaret Blake
    Associate Editor: Margaret Blake×
  • © American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Article Information
Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   November 2014
Speech-Language Pathology and Concussion Management in Intercollegiate Athletics: The Miami University Concussion Management Program
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2014, Vol. 23, 507-519. doi:10.1044/2014_AJSLP-13-0126
History: Received October 8, 2013 , Revised February 11, 2014 , Accepted July 23, 2014
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2014, Vol. 23, 507-519. doi:10.1044/2014_AJSLP-13-0126
History: Received October 8, 2013; Revised February 11, 2014; Accepted July 23, 2014

Purpose The Miami University Concussion Management Program was established in 1999 to assess, manage, and monitor athletes who sustain concussions and experience neurobehavioral and neurocognitive symptoms secondary to their injury. The purpose of this article is to describe the established procedures of one of the oldest university-based interdisciplinary concussion management programs that is coordinated by speech-language pathologists (SLP).

Method The theoretical and clinical underpinnings of baseline and postconcussion neurocognitive assessment and management procedures are discussed. Additionally, 2 illustrative case studies are presented to demonstrate the evolution and implementation of the interdisciplinary concussion management protocol and to present different patterns of concussion symptoms and recovery. Paper and computer-based neurocognitive assessment protocols are discussed and integrated in the case studies.

Results/Conclusions Successful management of sport-related concussion requires an interdisciplinary team that understands the unique neurobehavioral and neurocognitive symptoms associated with sports concussions. SLPs can play a valuable role on the interdisciplinary team in the prompt and appropriate management of postconcussion symptoms so that athletes can successfully return to their athletic, academic, and social activities.

Acknowledgments
We thank Steven Dailey for his foresight in understanding the impact of concussions on athletes and the importance of interdisciplinary management. In addition, we thank the Miami University Athletic Trainers, Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Students, and the athletes who participated in the study.
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