Penn State Investigators focus in on Concussion Studies & Football with NCAA

Penn State Investigators focus in on Concussion Studies & Football with NCAA

Penn State researchers are conducting a multi-year study to examine the consequences of head acceleration events and their correlation to the disruption of normal brain development. The research team will pinpoint critical thresholds between sub concussive blows—e.g. impacts that fall below the concussion threshold but players may experience on a daily basis—and those full-blown concussive injuries in order to more accurately measure the effects of sub concussive injuries throughout an athletic season.

An Interdisciplinary Effort

This interdisciplinary effort involves a holistic assessment of student-athletes and involves the collection of data before, during and after multiple football seasons. By utilizing a combination of research evaluation protocol and procedures, as well as methods, the Penn-based team will seek to progress society’s knowledge about the dangers involved with sports such as football.

Study

The researchers will collect data from 30 participating football players. This protocol will be implemented in an additional two more upcoming football seasons. The hope that the results will generate a significant data set augmenting researchers understanding a...

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