Concussions

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.

Final settlement approved for the Arrington concussion lawsuit

The NCAA’s settlement terms related to the consolidated Arrington lawsuit have been approved by Judge John Lee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

NCAA chief medical officer reflects on progress of concussion research

With concussion and its consequences — particularly among those who play football — emerging as one of the foremost concerns in college sports, two veteran neuroscientists recently joined forces to edit a comprehensive review of sport and the brain.

NCAA, NFL collaborate on football safety

Top medical and sport science experts from the NCAA and NFL gathered for a first-of-its kind meeting on football health and safety this week.

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