Concussions

Concussion Reporting Process Step-by-Step Instructions

The purpose of this document is to provide step-by-step instructions that can be used by member institutions to satisfy legislated annual concussion reporting requirements (Division I Constitution 4.3.4.21; Division II Constitution 3.3.4...

2020-21 Concussion Management Updates: Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this Frequently Asked Questions document is to facilitate and support the efforts of NCAA member institutions to comply with applicable divisional concussion safety legislation. In early 2015, the Concussion Safety Protocol...

Guidance to the NCAA membership about the Arrington Certification Process

The purpose of this memo is to provide membership with: (1) additional information about the availability of an online platform and process that has been established to facilitate membership certification under the Arrington Class...

Medical monitoring program launches for NCAA student-athletes

A medical monitoring program for NCAA student-athletes who are a part of the settlement class in several consolidated concussion-related class actions launched Feb. 18.

Classifying Sports-Related Concussion: Precision Classification for Personalized Treatment

By Angela Lumba-Brown, M.D. (Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford), and Jamshid Ghajar, M.D., Ph.D. (Departent of Neurosurgery, Stanford) Despite increases in scientific literature on concussion, we still do not know how best to...

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.

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