UChicago Athletics Set to Participate in NCAA-DOD Concussion Study

The University of Chicago varsity athletics programs will take part in a national concussion study sponsored by the NCAA and U.S. Department of Defense starting in the summer of 2016.

UChicago was added as one of nine new participants in early March to the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium study. The CARE Consortium now includes 30 participating institutions nation-wide.

This research is part of the landmark $30 million NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense initiative to fund the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. The study will enroll an estimated 25,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes over the three-year study period. Participants will receive a comprehensive preseason evaluation for concussion and will be monitored in the event of an injury.

The Longitudinal Clinical Study Core of the study, led by the University of Michigan, is a prospective, multi-institution clinical research protocol that aims to study the natural history of concussion among NCAA student-athletes. This investigation will be the largest ever of its type.

Holly Benjamin, M.D., will serve as principal investigator and oversee data collection and analysis for the CSC site on campus. Benjamin is employed at UChicago as Professor of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery and also as Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine. Head Athletic Trainer Mary Wisniewski, as well as Bruce Reider, M.D. – Head Team Physician and Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery – are co-investigators. The UChicago Athletic Training Staff will perform the baseline testing. The University's CARE study participation will run the duration of the 2016-17 academic year.

More information available at http://athletics.uchicago.edu/sports/genrel/2015-16/ncaa-dod-study