Tests predict recovery time after concussion

Test scores following sports-related concussions can help doctors to predict whether patients will experience protracted recovery time in up to 80% of cases, new research has shown.

In the study, 108 athletes completed computer-based neurocognitive tests which measured verbal and visual aptitude, processing speed and reaction times within two days of injury. These scores were analysed with frequency of migraines, sleep, cognition and neuropsychiatric state to assess the likelihood of the patient taking more than a month to fully recover.

The research suggests that, when considered together, the test scores and patient data are a fairly reliable guide for clinicians treating concussed patients.

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