Date Presented

Spring 5-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Athletic Training

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas Bowman

Second Advisor

Dr. Nancy Cowden

Third Advisor

Dr. Debbie Bradney


With the incidence of concussion in sport on the rise, it is crucial that the concussion assessment tools utilized by health care professionals be accurately administered in the appropriate setting. It may be important to consider the environment of test administration between baseline and post-injury assessment to allow appropriate return to play decisions. At present, there is limited research on the effect of testing environment on Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) baseline scores. Our objective for the study was to investigate if testing environment affects SCAT2 scores in healthy male collegiate club lacrosse players and healthy female club soccer players. Our study was completed as true experimental research in a randomized controlled clinical trial. Our participants included a total of 18 healthy male club lacrosse players and 15 female club soccer players. Participants completed the SCAT2 test in 2 environments (controlled classroom and uncontrolled sideline) and in 2 testing sessions approximately 8.05±1.63 days apart. We used a MANOVA to examine differences between testing environments for the 8 component scores and the total score of the SCAT2. We found statistically significant group mean differences between testing environments in the combined dependent variables for males (multivariate F7,28=6.759, P