Term of Award

Summer 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science in Kinesiology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Health and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Jody Langdon

Committee Member 1

Thomas Buckley

Committee Member 2

George Shaver

Committee Member 3

Vicky Graham

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Committee Member 4

Kelly Naugle

Committee Member 4 Email



This study considered the difference in psychological response to concussion compared with that of musculoskeletal injuries over time. The psychological response to musculoskeletal injuries has been well documented, however, research on the psychological response to concussion is lacking. The Profile of Mood States and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were used to assess the psychological recovery of concussions and could be easily added to a concussion test battery. The information provided by these inventories could also help to identify an atypical psychological response that may lead to lifelong psychological disorders, many of which have been linked to history of concussion.