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This research is being done to understand the role of different recovery methods in healing time after athletic or sports related concussion.

Clinical Trial Description

The investigators propose to assess PCS symptoms and how those symptoms are affected by Float-REST and PBM therapy in comparison to standard recovery practices. To do this, the investigators will operate in four phases. Phase I - Initial Injury: High school aged athletes will be recruited from a WVU clinic in the acute phase of the athletes injury. Severe cases such as those with hemorrhaging and memory loss will be excluded from the study. Phase II - Pre-intervention: Patients will be randomly assigned using R software ( to three groups - Float-REST, PBM, or no intervention. Upon each subjects' first visit to Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) a brief health questionnaire regarding the mechanism of injury will be administered (see below), the Rivermead Postconcussive Symptom Inventory (Rivermead), and the pre-intervention testing battery. All subjects will be instructed to complete the Rivermead as a daily log on a smartphone to monitor symptoms and follow the physician's orders for recovery (limited screen time, decreased homework load, etc.). Subjects will also be given a wearable sleep tracking device and instructed to wear it each night. Float-REST subjects will be shown the float tanks and will be given the opportunity to float for 5-10 minutes to become familiar with the sensation. PBM subjects will be shown the PBM bed and be permitted to test the brightness of the device. All subjects wishing to test either the PBM or the Float-REST will be required to take the SCAT5 Symptom Checklist first and not meet the exclusionary criteria contained in the Data Monitoring Plan. Phase III - Intervention: All subjects will return to RNI three times per week. Subjects receiving Float-REST will float for 60 minutes, those receiving PBM will undergo a 20-minute therapy session, and both will complete the weekly testing (Table 1) afterwards. Subjects in the no intervention group will complete the weekly testing only. This will continue until the subjects' physicians clear them to return to play. The duration for return to play is an outcome measure of interest as it will expectedly vary subject to subject. If a recovery intervention is capable of shortening the time an athlete takes to return to competition, that particular intervention may be considered an effective strategy for accelerating recovery periods after sustaining a sports-related concussion. Phase IV - Post-intervention: Once a subject has been cleared to return to play, the subject will come to RNI one final time and complete the post-concussion battery (Table 1). Upon completion, all patient's scores will be analyzed using R software ( It is expected that those receiving Float-REST and/or PBM will have a greater improvement of cognitive scores than those just following physician orders. End of Study: When the physician provides a medical clearance for the athlete to return to competition that will subsequently cease further data collection for that individual for this study. ;

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NCT number NCT05062148
Study type Interventional
Source West Virginia University
Contact Joshua Hagen, PhD
Phone (304) 293-5378
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 2021
Completion date January 2022

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