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Neuropsychology is a field of highly specialist expertise within the Neurosciences. Sports Neuropsychology is an even greater area of specialism within this and centres around understanding and supporting the short term and long term effects of head and spinal injury in sport.

We are painfully aware of the physical effects of sporting injury, but...

  • What about the impact on the brain?
  • What does this mean for behaviour, personality, psychology, emotional well-being and cognitive and neuropsychological abilities?
  • Who is it that follows an athlete continuously through all stages of post-injury recovery?
  • When an athlete notices changes in memory, attention, personality or mood, what then?

Neuropsychology has a significant role in addressing these questions in sport, yet whilst this has been embraced in countries such as the US, in the UK it is painfully under-utilised as a profession, and in most cases, unheard of. The Sports Neuropsychology Clinic is a unique resource from professionals to professionals. It is intended for athletes, their teams and their families, as well as members of regulatory sporting bodies and organisations.

It is clear from current policy and research that the UK is lagging behind our US counterparts, where you will find a named Clinical Neuropsychologist attached to the majority of teams in a variety of different contact sports, as well as governing sporting bodies. In the UK we are lagging in terms of the acknowledgement of the need for Neuropsychologist input in contact sport, in understanding the neuropsychological effects of head injury and concussion, in research in the area and in provision of efficient clinical assessment, intervention and neurorehabilitation for athletes.  

The Sports Neuropsychology Clinic is founded by Dr Charlotte Mawbey, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Consultant Sports Neuropsychologist. It is the product of extensive specialist research, training, expertise and clinical experience in the area. It is a resource base, a point of call and a haven for those wanting to learn more and who may well have gotten bogged down in the never-ending maze of information scattered across the web.

So ,why are we dealing with things differently to the US? Why are we not adhering to Best Practice Guidance in the UK? The discrepancies between attitude and understanding raises an important question for healthcare professionals in the UK: are we over-stepping our bounds by suggesting that contact in support should be restricted or banned? And does the tendency to find the more risky sports, such as boxing, particularly offensive mean that we are doing our athletes a disservice by thinking in such a fixed way about this?

Our expert Consultant Neuropsychologist is approachable and passionate about promoting Neuropsychology in British Sport in a balanced and evidence-based way that supports our athletes and their beloved sporting professions, and does not attempt to dissuade their participation in sports. She is open to informal discussion and answering queries on the topic, so please do not hesitate to contact us via our "Referrals and Contact" page. You can read more about her unique insight and experience here, however her approach is encompassed in the service goal:

...to provide accessible, impartial, non-judgemental specialist psychoeducation, consultation and information regarding assessment, neurorehabilitation and psychological intervention to our athletes, their teams and professional sporting bodies in order to safeguard and advocate for our sporting professionals - whilst facilitating the pursuit of their aspirations in their chosen sporting fields, in order to promote sustained health and well-being across their lifetimes...