The Utility of Neuropsychological Testing in Concussion

A Concusion Health Summit Lecture | Audio Lecture 11: Evolution of neuropsychological assessment in sports concussion management protocols.


Utility of Neuropsychological Testing in the Management of Concussion audio lecture takes a look at the evolution of neuropsychological assessment in sports, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS concussion management protocols as well as short and long term effects following sports-related concussion.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of neuropsychological assessment in sport
  • Define the role of neuropsychological assessment in concussion management
  • Describe the short and long term effects following sports-related concussion

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Summer Ott, Psy.D.
Summer Ott, Psy.D.

Summer Ott, Psy.D., is the director of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Concussion Program and assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She serves as the team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets, as well as many college universities and school districts in Texas.Previously, Dr. Ott served as a neuropsychology consultant for the Houston Dynamo and the Houston Aeros.Dr. Ott has extensive clinical and research experience with sports related concussions.She has co‐authored publications on neuropsychological assessment in scholarly journals and frequently conducts presentations regarding proper management of concussion. Her research efforts focus on proper baseline testing, effects of physical exertion on cognition, and the long-term consequences of repeated head injury in athletes. Dr. Ott is currently a co-investigator for a NIH-NFL funded pilot study which investigates neuroimaging and biomarkers in adolescents cleared for return to play within one month post-concussion. She is a member of the executive committee for the Sports Neuropsychological Society, and served as Co-Chair for the 2nd Annual Sports Neuropsychology Society Concussion Symposium held in Dallas, Texas.Dr. Ott was a key member of the task force that developed verbiage for a sports concussion bill in Texas known as Natasha’s Bill. This bill, signed into law in June 2012, establishes return-to-play guidelines for school-aged athletes with concussions.

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