Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2018

Thesis Advisor(s)

Douglas Casa, Kelly Coleman, Chris Simon

Honors Major

Biological Sciences


Mental and Social Health | Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience | Other Kinesiology | Other Neuroscience and Neurobiology


As one of the most commonly experienced symptoms, the ramifications of sleep disruption as a result of concussion are potentially great, yet widely unexplored. Particularly troublesome is murky data regarding the length of sleep disruption following a concussion. By analyzing self-reported sleep data via the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, this study seeks to investigate potential differences in sleep quality between injured college athletes 40 days after they have been cleared to play and matched controls. Data was analyzed using ANOVA analysis as well as Pearson correlation. No significant differences were found in sleep quality between groups, nor was there a relationship between GPA and sleep quality. Future study may wish to focus on alternate populations, or more closely control sleep variables.