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Physical Therapy

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Jessica Wiatrowski, PT, MS, CVT


Concussion is defined as a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when the head undergoes a sudden acceleration or deceleration, causing the brain to move rapidly back and forth. Concussions can be a result of events such as motor vehicle accidents or sports injuries. Common symptoms include cognitive, somatic, affective, and sleep impairments; however, current literature suggests individuals most often experience decline in academic performance, balance deficits, and delayed reaction time. Symptoms may vary from temporary to long-lasting, but in a majority of reported cases, these symptoms have an impact on daily life. This poster is a review of the literature that analyzed and compared academic performance, balance, and reaction time in individuals who have experienced a concussion and those who have not experienced a concussion.