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SLAM on the stand: how the sports-related concussion literature can inform the expert witness.
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PMID:  19333067     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mild head injury is a controversial topic because patients may have subtle deficits and widely varied outcomes. Accordingly, neuropsychologists are frequently asked to provide expert testimony about the nature of mild head injury. This article discusses how the sports-related concussion literature, including the concept of baseline assessment, can inform expert witnesses who are asked to provide such testimony. We first provide a review of several of the controversies surrounding mild head injury, both within and outside of the forensic context. This is followed by a review of the sports as a laboratory assessment model literature, which demonstrates consistent and meaningful evidence of cognitive sequelae following mild head injury. We conclude with a description of how the sports as a laboratory assessment model literature may be utilized in a forensic neuropsychology context to address some of the identified controversies. We end with a call for more research that will further inform the forensic neuropsychologist about mild head injury and those factors that may result in poor recovery.
Christopher M Bailey; Jeffrey T Barth; Scott D Bender
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of head trauma rehabilitation     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1550-509X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Publication Date:    2009 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-31     Completed Date:  2009-07-02     Revised Date:  2009-07-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8702552     Medline TA:  J Head Trauma Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Injuries / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Blast Injuries / physiopathology
Brain Concussion / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Brain Injuries / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Expert Testimony*
Forensic Medicine
Neurologic Examination
Neuropsychological Tests
Post-Concussion Syndrome / psychology,  rehabilitation
Comment In:
J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2009 Mar-Apr;24(2):131-40   [PMID:  19333068 ]

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