• What ideas does this idea spark for you….

How real is the concussion concern for East High sports teams?

Let’s brainstorm together – reading the article below, I ponder the following things:

  • Connecting STARS with UR researchers (such as Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and lead author of the study, published in PLOS ONE.)
  • There are many recent published research on the topic in addition to the one above, including more from the UR.
  • Possible visible and invisible factors to model: “What is an adequate rest period? We don’t know. Six months may be enough for some players but not for others,” Bazarian said. “The autoimmune response and inflammation we observed in the blood of players who didn’t recover could be a result of genetics, diet, or other factors, but it was not the result of a concussion, since none of the athletes suffered one.”
  • Possible empirical studies: “Contact sports” – what counts, what doesn’t, Comparing East to other schools?, What are the tests beyond the MRI test that researchers did… what can we duplicate?  For example, how might we estimate “head blows”?

Researchers were able to track every hit, from seemingly light blows in practice to the most dangerous type of hit – a bobble head phenomenon known as rotational acceleration. They found that the players sustained between 431 and 1,850 head blows in the single football season, none of which resulted in a concussion.

 

Off-Season Doesn’t Allow Brain to Recover from Football Hits, Study Says

Study from University of Rochester this past April

Bazarian’s analysis revealed that white matter changes in the players’ brains started to look different from the control group when players experienced as few as 10 to 15 head impacts with a rotational acceleration that exceeded 6000 rads/sec2. For reference, when a person nods his head up and down as fast as possible, this produces a rotational acceleration of approximately 180 rads/sec2.

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