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We compared two modes of ascertaining symptom information in baseline concussion testing with 754 NCAA Division II collegiate athletes. All athletes reported symptoms in both a face-to-face structured clinical interview using the SCAT3 symptom scale items and the similar symptom self-report scale in the computerized ImPACT test. Males reported significantly more symptoms and with greater severity during the interview compared to the computerized self-report. If males report symptoms according to a different format in posttrauma assessments than baseline, differences may reflect mode of testing and not change due to concussion.
Kissinger-Knox, Norheim, and Webbe are with the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL. Vagt is with Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, WA. Mulligan is with the Atlantic Psychiatry Center, Palm Bay, FL.