College

College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2022-04-22 08:53:50

Major

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Honors Course

7700:496

Number of Credits

6

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Concussions are a movement of the brain that can cause damage to the cells of the brain and any surrounding structures. One of the closest structures is the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear, controlling our balance and bodily movement. Though it is known that vestibular disorders and related symptoms are common after a concussion, there remains limited research regarding approaches to better address these disorders. STUDY AIM: The purpose of this study is to identify patterns regarding the prevalence, assessment, and treatment of vestibular disorders in pediatric patients who have sustained past concussions. METHODOLOGY: An online qualitative survey was distributed to professionals that frequently interact with this patient population. RESULTS: Results included a total of 16 respondents from 4 fields of study. Findings indicated that following a concussion, vestibular and ocular dysfunction and associated disorders were most common, leading to a longer recovery period. Objective assessments are most often used for a concussion diagnosis, and subjective assessments are most often used for measurement of balance outcomes. CONCLUSION: Vestibular and ocular disorders were found to have a high prevalence following pediatric concussion, and if treated swiftly and with individuality, the patient may have a shorter recovery.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Kristine Sonstrom Malowski

First Reader

Dr. Kathern Sigal Papp

Second Reader

Dr. Katheryn Bachmann

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jim Steiger

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