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The Effects Of Caffeine On Reaction Time Of Two Neurocognitive Tests, Kyle Petit Mar 2016

The Effects Of Caffeine On Reaction Time Of Two Neurocognitive Tests, Kyle Petit

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Context: A concussion is defined as a traumatically induced transient disturbance of the brain caused by a biomechanical force. These problematic injuries can prevent athletes from participating in physical activity for a number of days, weeks, or even months. Caffeine is known for improving mental alertness in everyday tasks and is found in many popular drinks such as, coffee, tea, energy shots, and even soda. Due to its increase in memory, mental alertness, and concentration, caffeine could potentially be utilized to improve the outcomes of post-concussion neurocognitive testing. This improvement would allow athletes to return to play before they have ...