The purpose of this study was to predict baseline neurocognitive and postural control performance using a measure of motivation, high school grade point average (hsGPA), and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score.
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Eighty-eight National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I incoming student-athletes (freshman and transfers).
Participants completed baseline clinical concussion measures, including a neurocognitive test battery (CNS Vital Signs), a balance assessment [Sensory Organization Test (SOT)], and motivation testing (Rey Dot Counting). Participants granted permission to access hsGPA and SAT total score.
Standard scores for each CNS Vital Signs domain and SOT composite score.
Baseline motivation, hsGPA, and SAT explained a small percentage of the variance of complex attention (11%), processing speed (12%), and composite SOT score (20%).
Motivation, hsGPA, and total SAT score do not explain a significant amount of the variance in neurocognitive and postural control measures but may still be valuable to consider when interpreting neurocognitive and postural control measures.
*Dunn Physical Therapy, Cary, North Carolina;
†Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and
‡Clinical Research Unit, Emergency Services Institute, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Corresponding Author: Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina, 209 Fetzer Hall, CB#8700, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8700 (email@example.com).
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Received October 05, 2012
Accepted April 04, 2013