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Foundations of Sport-Related Brain Injuries

  • Semyon Slobounov
  • Wayne Sebastianelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introductory Chapter Concussion in Athletics: Ongoing Controversyz

    1. Semyon Slobounov, Wayne Sebastianelli
      Pages 1-16
  3. Mechanisms of Concussion: From Brain to Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jack Wilberger, Juan Ortega, Semyon Slobounov
      Pages 45-63
    3. Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Jason P. Mihalik
      Pages 65-83
  4. Evaluation of Sport-Related Concussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Mark R. Lovell, Jamie E. Pardini
      Pages 111-136
    3. Aaron M. Rosenbaum, Peter A. Arnett, Christopher M. Bailey, Ruben J. Echemendia
      Pages 137-169
    4. Christopher M. Bailey, Peter A. Arnett
      Pages 171-193
  5. Neuroimaging of Traumatic Brain Injury

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Stefan Blüml, William M. Brooks
      Pages 197-220
    3. William J. Ray, Semyon Slobounov
      Pages 221-240
    4. Sherman C. Stein
      Pages 267-288
  6. Empirical Findings of Concussion Along Life-Span

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Rimma Danov
      Pages 291-314
    3. Anthony P. Kontos, Robert J. Elbin III, Michael W. Collins
      Pages 315-339

About this book


Mild traumatic brain injury continues to plague athletes of all sports. The clinical scenario at times does not reflect the injury or mechanisms and, as such, the pathophysiology, pathomechanics and pathopsychology of a concussion continue to be the major areas for further research. A lack of understanding of these pathologies has led to controversial recommendations for return to play, as well as an underestimation of true brain injury severity.

A major take-home point from this book should be the assumption that symptom resolution does not necessarily mean injury resolution. As can be seen by research focusing on global metabolic cascades and neural activity of the brain, long-standing dysfunctional pathways continue to exist for extended periods of time even after a minor concussion. Until we completely understand the consequences of short-term perturbations and long-term residual brain dysfunctions, concussions must be treated with respect and given a higher priority for continued research activity.

Increasing public awareness concerning the dangers of this often underestimated injury will hopefully increase funding for research, allowing investigators around the world to achieve a complete understanding of these pathological processes. Foundations of Sport-Related Brain Injuries is organized into five parts:

  • Mechanisms of Concussion: From Brain to Behavior
  • Evaluation of Sport-Related Concussions
  • Neuroimaging of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Empirical Findings of Concussion along Life-Span
  • Clinical Coverage of Sport-Related Concussions

This reference book provides the cumulative effort of world-known experts in the field to summarize current insights and controversies about concussions in athletics. Therefore, this book is an ideal resource for clinical practitioners, coaches, researchers and students interested in kinesiology, psychology, exercise, neuroscience, and sport medicine.


Concussion Neuroscience Sports Injuries evolution imaging techniques neurophysiology neuropsychology rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Semyon Slobounov
    • 1
  • Wayne Sebastianelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Penn State UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Foundations of Sport-Related Brain Injuries
  • Editors Semyon M. Slobounov
    Wayne J. Sebastianelli
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-32564-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-4091-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-32565-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 482
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sports Medicine
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