URMC Joins Nationwide Concussion Consortium

May. 12, 2015

Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., professor of Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology and Neurosurgery, has joined the largest sports concussion research project ever, a $30 million NCAA- U.S. Department of Defense Grand Alliance.

sports concussion written on chalkboardThe research protocol aims to study the natural history of concussion and recovery among more than 25,000 NCAA male and female student-athletes at approximately 30 campuses. All participants will receive a comprehensive preseason evaluation and will be monitored if an injury occurs. The alliance also supports an educational challenge to change important concussion safety behaviors and the culture of concussion reporting and management.

The project started in 2014 with Division I schools and military academies. Bazarian and the University of Rochester (Division III) will join this fall, as one of six smaller programs invited to the alliance, known as the CARE Consortium.

One key question being asked by researchers: Why do some athletes recover fully after a concussion, but a small number of others do not? Other aspects of the study will incorporate newer technologies, such as head impact sensors, advanced neuroimaging, biological markers, genetic testing, and detailed clinical data to examine the acute effects and patterns of recovery.

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