Precursors of post-bout motion sickness in adolescent female boxers

Yi Chou Chen, Tzu Chiang Tseng, Ting Hsuan Hung, Thomas A. Stoffregen

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Abstract

Athletic head trauma (both concussive and sub-concussive) is common among adolescents. Head trauma often is followed by motion sickness-like symptoms, by changes in cognitive performance, and by changes in standing body sway. We evaluated adolescent female boxers who did and did not report motion sickness after a bout (i.e., a boxing match), together with a control group of non-boxers. We asked whether pre-bout body sway would differ between boxers who experienced post-bout motion sickness and those who did not. In addition, we asked whether pre-bout cognitive performance would differ between non-boxers and boxers with and without post-bout motion sickness. Seven of twenty boxers reported motion sickness after a bout. Pre-bout measures of cognitive performance and body sway were different in boxers who reported post-bout motion sickness than in boxers without post-bout sickness or controls. The results suggest that susceptibility to motion sickness-like symptoms in adolescent female boxers may be manifested in characteristic patterns of body sway and cognitive performance. It may be possible to use pre-bout data to predict susceptibility to post-bout symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2571-2579
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume232
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Body sway
  • Boxing
  • Motion sickness
  • Nausea
  • Postural control
  • Visual performance

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