Project Type

URC Presentation



College or School


Class Year



Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Research Advisor

Patricia Kelshaw, PhD, LAT, ATC


Assessments of health-related quality of life, such as the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), enable clinicians to provide individualized and comprehensive health care. The PedsQL enables children to self-endorse their perceived functions in various domains of health (e.g., emotional, psychosocial, etc.). Prior research suggests that sports-related concussions (SRC) can adversely affect health-related quality of life in adult and adolescent athletes. However, it remains unknown how SRC can affect health-related quality of life (i.e., the PedsQL) in children. Therefore, we sought to characterize PedsQL scores in middle school age athletes who were diagnosed with a SRC. Certified athletic trainers administered the PedsQL 4.0 participants (ages 10 -14, M= 12.5, SD= 0.82; girls: n=18, 55%; boys: n=22, 45%) with a diagnosed SRC. Post-SRC PedsQL scores were as follows: Physical (Median [M] = 96.9; Interquartile Range [IQR]: 75.0, 100.0), Emotional (M = 100.0; IQR: 90.0, 100.0), Social (M = 100.0; IQR: 95.0, 100.0), School (M = 87.5; IQR: 76.3, 100.0), Cognitive (M = 95.8; 68.6, 100.0), Psychosocial Health Summary (M = 94.2; IQR: 90.0, 99.6), and Total Score (M = 94.0; IQR: 78.0, 98.9). Our participants endorsed the School as the lowest post-SRC domain. Further research on the effects of SRC on self-perceived school functioning, with a larger and more representative sample of pediatric athletes is needed.