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Psychological, situational and lifestyle factors that influence the reporting of postconcussion-like symptoms

      Background: The assessment and management of sports-related concussion relies on self-reporting of symptoms (SRS) by the concussed athlete. However, symptoms associated with concussion are non-specific in nature and symptom scores might not accurately reflect an athlete's neurological status as psychological, situational and lifestyle factors are thought to influence symptom reporting. In order to better understand whether symptoms associated with a concussion are a true reflection of the underlying pathology or a normal response to daily stressors and health status it is important to evaluate postconcussion-like symptoms in non-concussed populations to determine normal day-to-day variability, serial reporting of symptoms, as well as the effect of lifestyle and psychological factors. Understanding these influences will lead to a better understanding of the assessment and management of concussion in athletes.
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