This project was a 3D motion capture investigation of kinematic differences in individuals with concussion history. The study’s objective was to provide a biomechanical framework to support a growing body of literature linking orthopedic injury in those no longer displaying the acute signs and symptoms of concussion. Contents from this project were accepted as a presentation at ACSM 2016 and a poster at the 5th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport. My presentation from ACSM was featured in Lower Extremity Review. A manuscript will be submitted to the Special Issue on Concussion for the International Journal of Psychophysiology by early December.

Funding: Carl & Joan Kreager Research Fund 

Research Team: Andrew Lapointe; Luis Nolasco; Aniela Sosnowski; Eva Andrews; Douglas N. Martini, PhD; Deanna H. Gates, PhD; Steven P. Broglio Ph.D., ATC

NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium

The largest prospective sport concussion study to date, this investigation will enroll an estimated 35,000 student-athletes from 30 universities across the country. For each year of the study, all athletes (football through golf) will complete the Clinical Study Core (CSC) which includes an in-depth demographics questionnaire, a cognitive evaluation, balance assessment, and symptom reports. Injured athletes will be evaluated at five additional time points. A sub-set of athletes will also participate in the Advanced Research Core (ARC) and receive sophisticated imaging and blood biomarker analyses. The findings of this study will define the natural history of concussion and lay the groundwork for a 30 year prospective investigation on the long-term effects of concussion. For more information on this study click here

Funding: National Collegiate Athletic Association and Department of Defense (14132004).

Research Team: Steven P. Broglio Ph.D., ATC, Thomas McAllister MD, Michael McCrea Ph.D.

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS): A Novel Study of Concussion
Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) utilizes non-invasive, light-emitting diodes to measure brain function and physiology. Participants will undergo neurocognitive testing while wearing the fNIRS device. The first visit will occur during the acute phase of injury (24-48 hours), and the participants will be survey-monitored until they are asymptomatic, and will be scheduled for a follow-up visit. The purpose of this study is to propose an objective measurement for concussion diagnosis through fNIRS assessment, and potentially assist in the return to participation decision making.

Funding: University of Michigan Exercise & Sport Science Initiative (ESSI)

Research Team: Dr. Steve Broglio, Ashley Rettmann, Allyssa Memmini, Sarah Renberg, Danil Young 

Concussion Risk Survey 
The research team is conducting data analysis on survey responses comparing parental views on concussion risk in youth athletics. The survey will compare if parents with a medical background will perceive concussion risks in youth sport participation differently than parents without a medical background. The purpose of this study is to determine relationships between a parent's background and its potential effect on their child's (or hypothetical child's) sport participation. 

Research Team: Dr. Katie Breedlove, Allyssa Memmini, Paulina Vokulich

Perceptions of Concussion Risk
The goal of this study is to evaluate the perceptions of the effect of sport related concussion by parents with and without a medical background.

Research Team: Dr. Katie Breedlove, Allyssa Memmini

Concussion and Eye Tracking
Determine deficits of ocular tracking when comparing people with and without concussion history.

Research Team: Dr. Katie Breedlove, Allyssa Memmini, Sarah Renberg, Lauren Dougherty, Kaitlyn Todd