A Study on Football Players

Concussions and Working Memory

  • Chrystianne Valdez Fort Lewis College

Abstract

Research shows that brain damage can have serious long- and short-term effects on a person’s memory and overall function of life. Football has the most recorded concussion injuries of any other sport. What has yet to be examined is the relationship between playing football and working memory recall when there is no concussion. This study looked at 56 college football players and 28 non-football players to examine the effect concussions have on a person's working memory. This study found a significant interaction between group type (football player or non-football player) and concussion status (history of concussion or no history of concussion) with respect to working memory performance. Specifically, non-football players with no concussions earned the highest working memory test scores, followed by non-football players with concussions, then by football players with concussions, and finally football players with no concussions. Possible reasons for these findings are discussed. Further research is needed to understand why these outcomes occurred.


Faculty Mentor: Ava Santos

Published
Mar 26, 2019
How to Cite
VALDEZ, Chrystianne. A Study on Football Players. Metamorphosis, [S.l.], mar. 2019. Available at: <http://metamorphosis.coplac.org/index.php/metamorphosis/article/view/257>. Date accessed: 20 may 2019.
Section
Natural Sciences