Sport Science Institute

CARE Consortium: Identifying and evaluating concussion risk factors across multiple injury settings

To gain a better understanding of how concussions occur in day-to-day life, particularly among military populations, a team of researchers led by Kathryn Van Pelt, a postdoctoral research fellow at Kentucky, examined the concussion histories of more than 10,000 cadets at three military academies participating in the NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study.

CARE Consortium: A data-driven approach to acute concussion assessment

Prominent concussion researchers previously have suggested incorporating levels of certainty into concussion diagnosis based on clinical experience. Gian-Gabriel Garcia, a postdoctoral industrial and operations engineering student at Michigan, led a team of researchers that sought to create a predictive model that could stratify concussion assessment and diagnosis based on objective data rather than clinical experience alone across a range of categories: no concussion, possible, probable or definite.

CARE Consortium: Accounting for variance in concussion tolerance between individuals

While concussion researchers have been using helmet accelerometers to measure head impacts for more than a decade, the connection between the biomechanical forces of the head impacts the players receive and the clinical effect of those impacts is poorly defined.

CARE Consortium: Estimated age at first exposure to contact sports and neurocognitive performance in service academy athletes

Age of first exposure to contact sport has uncertain implications for later life brain health. There are currently no prospective studies that have evaluated this possibility. This study, helmed by Jaclyn Caccese, a postdoctoral research fellow at Delaware, relied on data from the ongoing NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study to examine the association between estimated age of first exposure to contact sport participation and neurocognitive performance and symptom ratings in male U.S. service academy NCAA athletes.

CARE Consortium: Prevalence of clinically significant MRI findings in athletes

Andrew Klein, an assistant professor of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, led a team of researchers that sought to characterize and compare the prevalence of acute, head-trauma-related MRI findings and nonspecific MRI findings in contact and noncontact athletes with and without sport-related concussion by using data from the NCAA-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium study.

Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletes

Enhancing a culture of safety in college sports is foundational to reducing the occurrence of catastrophic injury and death. The goal of the NCAA sport science institute (SSI) is protecting the life and the long-term well-being of all...

CARE Consortium: Return to play and risk of repeat concussion in football

Sport-related concussion has generated heightened interest among the public and researchers alike during the past two decades, but has clinical management of the injury changed accordingly? A new study suggests it has.

CARE Consortium: Baseline performance among U.S. service academy members

The NCAA-Department of Defense study evaluates college athletes and military cadets alike, and interrogating baseline concussion assessment data from both groups is essential.

CARE Consortium: Cerebral blood flow in acute concussion

While researchers have learned a great deal about concussion in recent decades, what occurs in the brain at the time of injury and through the course of recovery are not yet fully understood.

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