Fall 2015


Researchers Team with NCAA on Concussion Study

HSU’S NORTH COAST CONCUSSION PROGRAM has received a $242,000 grant from the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense to research the history and impact of concussions on college athletes.

The research is part of a $30 million NCAA-U.S. Department of Defense initiative that funds the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. The initiative also supports efforts aimed at concussion safety, reporting, and management.

The study will include an estimated 25,000 male and female NCAA student-athletes around the country over a three-year period. Participants will receive a comprehensive preseason evaluation for concussion and will be monitored in the event of an injury.

At HSU, researchers will conduct baseline and post injury monitoring—up to six months after injury—of neurocognitive, motor control, and behavioral data in approximately 400 HSU athletes from all sports.

The North Coast Concussion Program provides baseline and post-injury management services for thousands of Humboldt and Del Norte County residents each year, including at HSU, regional high schools, and youth and adult sport leagues.