The relation of mild traumatic brain injury to chronic lapses of attention

Matthew B. Pontifex, Steven P. Broglio, Eric S. Drollette, Mark R. Scudder, Chris R. Johnson, Phillip M. Oapos;Connor, Charles H. Hillman

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We assessed the extent to which failures in sustained attention were associated with chronic mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) deficits in cognitive control among college-age young adults with and without a history of sport-related concussion. Participants completed the ImPACT computer-based assessment and a modified flanker task. Results indicated that a history of mTBI, relative to healthy controls, was associated with inferior overall flanker task performance with a greater number of omission errors and more frequent sequentially occurring omission errors. Accordingly, these findings suggest that failures in the ability to maintain attentional vigilance may, in part, underlie mTBI-related cognition deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-559
Number of pages7
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Cognitive control
  • Concussion
  • Sustained attention
  • Vigilance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Nephrology


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