Visuo-Motor Processing Deficits Following Concussion in Athletes


Visuo-Motor Processing Deficits Following Concussion in Athletes


$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


May 7, 2014


11:00am – 12:15pm CST




Andrea Cripps, PhD, ATC LAT & Mikaela Boham, EdD, ATC, LAT: New Mexico State University


Dr. Cripps and Dr. Boham serve as faculty in the athletic training program at New Mexico State University. In addition Dr. Cripps and Dr. Boham serve as the director and assistant director of the NMSU concussion assessment research laboratory. The primary aim of the concussion assessment research laboratory is to conduct state of the art research specific to balance and visuo-motor impairments following a sport-related concussion.



Dysfunction affecting the visuo-motor processing areas in the brain commonly occurs following a concussion causing delayed reaction time, cognitive impairments and many other symptoms. Assessment of the concussed athlete often fails to account for changes occurring in all of these areas. Reasons for not including these essential elements of the assessment may include a lack of knowledge and understanding. The educational session will inform the participants about the pathophysiology, examination and interpretation of findings related to visuo-motor processing dysfunction following concussion.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology related to visuo-motor processing impairments following a concussion.
  •  Recognize the physical manifestations of visuo-motor impairments that may occur in athletes following concussion.
  • Identify signs and symptoms related to visuo-motor processing dysfunction.
  • Assess the athlete with a suspected concussion with a more thorough understanding of associated visuo-motor impairments.

Athletic Training Domain:

  • Prevention                                                                                        
  • Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation

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