Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Stacey Wood

Reader 2

Melissa Mesinas


The proposed study will investigate intramural sport as a possible new return-to-play protocol. The aim of this study will be to advance the rehabilitation of Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and persistent post-concussion symptoms from sports related concussions through exposure to social situations and light physical activity. This experimental design will include two randomly assigned groups; one group participates in intramural sport (pickleball doubles) for four weeks, while the other group continues their normal return-to-play protocol for four weeks. Participants in both conditions will take a pre and post-test survey to gauge their level of pain catastrophizing and post-concussion symptoms before and after the intervention. It is predicted that those in the Intramural condition will have a greater decrease in pain catastrophizing and post-concussion symptoms than those in the control condition. If supported, this study will provide evidence for a new return-to-play intervention that will reduce symptoms of those with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and persistent post-concussion symptoms. This research could also provide data to support cognitively impaired individuals that are typically mistreated, against institutions such as the NCAA.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.