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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015 May-Jun;14(3):194-9. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000157.

Effect of neurocognition and concussion on musculoskeletal injury risk.

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Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Interdisciplinary Center for Musculoskeletal Training and Research, and Sports Performance Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Research regarding musculoskeletal injury risk has focused primarily on anatomical, neuromuscular, hormonal, and environmental risk factors; however, subsequent injury risk screening and intervention programs have been largely limited to neuromuscular factors and have faced challenges in both implementation and efficacy. Recent studies indicate that poor neurocognitive performance, either at baseline or in the aftermath of a concussion, is associated with elevated risk of musculoskeletal injury. Despite the relatively limited current understanding regarding the nature of the relationship between different aspects of neurocognitive performance and musculoskeletal injury risk, this is a promising area of research that may yield significant advances in musculoskeletal injury risk stratification, rehabilitation, and prevention.

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