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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.
Moor, Emily G. and Kelshaw, Patricia M., "Exploring the Effects of Concussion on Pediatric Quality of Life" (2021). Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) Student Presentations. 505.