Neurobehavioural profile following cumulative mild traumatic brain injury in adolescent rugby players in South Africa

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 6, 2017 , pages: 553–556
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1399547
Author(s): Wilna. J. BassonDepartment of Psychology, South Africa, Fathima. A. EssackDepartment of Psychology, South Africa


The study investigated the neurobehavioural components of executive dysfunction following sport-related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) in Grade 12 adolescent rugby players over a rugby season. In a non-equivalent quasi-experimental design, a rugby group (n = 90) were compared with demographically equivalent noncontact sport controls (n = 59). The Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Functions – Self Report (BRIEF-SR) was employed to assess the neurobehavioural component of executive functions. Independent and dependent t-test analyses were conducted to compare the groups at baseline and end-of-season intervals. The overall findings suggest more pronounced deleterious effects on executive functioning from exposure to the concussive and sub-concussive events among the rugby group. High school rugby players experience adverse neurobehavioural effects in executive dysfunction from contact rugby sport injuries.

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