Traumatic Brain Injury Subject of $30 Million Collaborative Study

The U.S. Department of Defense and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have recently announced a new collaboration titled the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium. The collaboration has been described as “some of the most definitive studies on concussion that have been done to date,” according to

Dr. Thomas McAllister, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The collaboration will conduct a $30 million study of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including the study of concussions and head impact exposure on an estimated 37,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes from over 30 universities over a three-year study period.

TBI Study To Focus on Management and Treatment

The comprehensive investigation will be led by teams from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The three year study is expected to give valuable insight into the risks, treatment, and management of concussions, the most common form of TBI. As a result of the study, the NCAA will develop a multimedia education program for athletes, coaches, and administrators to better educate them on the risks and prevention of concussions.

Dr. Mike McCrea, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology, will be leading the team from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Their tasks include work on advanced neuroimaging, biological markers and clinical studies. The Wisconsin team also plans to focus on developing impact sensor technologies to better understand how TBIs occur. The team does this by combining and marrying the latest technologies to better “study mechanisms and the biomechanics of injury in real time using head impact sensors [the] athletes are equipped with.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert explained that “We believe in the incredible potential of this research. Student-athletes will be first to benefit from this effort, but it also will help to more accurately diagnose, treat and prevent concussions among service men and women, youth sports participants and the broader public.”

Some TBIs will heal over time, while other can leave lasting, sometimes lifelong affects for the victim. No matter the result, if you or a loved one have suffered a TBI due to the negligence of another, it is important to know your rights and options. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Barber and Associates, LLC in Alaska will explain which legal options best fit your unique case and needs. Do not attempt to seek justice on your own. Rather, let those who have years of experience in the field aid you. Call Barber and Associates, LLC today for a free initial consultation.

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