Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Research Sponsor

Carrie Fister

First Reader

Ryan Monti

Second Reader

Laura Richardson

Abstract

The following is summarizing a proposed experimental study based on current literature review and research to evaluate a new interventional therapy for the treatment of concussion compared to current therapeutic practices.

Background and Purpose: Concussions have become a major concern in the medical field in recent years. Several research studies have been conducted to learn the signs and symptoms regarding concussions. Recent literature has found that the signs and symptoms of a concussion are similar to those of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Treating Alzheimer’s disease has changed in recent years. Research has found that mental rehabilitation, also known as mental gymnastics, has aided in slowing the progression of the disease. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to see that if the treatment for Alzheimer’s patients, mental gymnastics, could be used as a form of mental rehabilitation of those suffering from a concussion to improve return to baseline cognitive function.

Methods: The subjects will be obtained through a convenient sample from the local Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Center over a three year span. It will include both male and female patients between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. The inclusion parameters for the study are individuals that are diagnosed with a concussion by a sports medicine physician using a SCAT 2 form and clinical evaluation. The patients will first be examined and tested for a concussion using the SCAT 2 form and reaction time test. Then, the patients are randomly assigned to the control group, receiving current standard treatment or the experimental group, receiving standard therapy treatment plus a specific mental gymnastics protocol. After a week, the patients will return to the office for a follow- up visit where the packets will be retrieved and patients will again undergo clinical assessment, SCAT 2 assessment, and reaction time assessment to evaluate concussive symptoms. The data collected will then undergo statistical analysis using a two sample t- test.

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