CENTER FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS

School of Health and Human Sciences

The likelihood of concussion varies by sport. Four categories of sport type have been created, defined by the likelihood of head trauma during play: 1) collision sports (e.g., football, rugby), 2) contact sports (e.g., soccer, basketball), 3) limited contact sports (e.g., volleyball, softball), and 4) non-contact sports (e.g., cross country, crew, cycling). Since a change in postural control is a cardinal sign of a concussion, preseason assessments of postural control are recommended to document baseline performance to determine whether a disparity in performance exists after a suspected concussion. However, it is currently unknown how sport type, sex, and age may affect preseason postural control.