The subject of concussions suffered while playing sports has been in the media spotlight lately, especially after the recent death of NFL pro linebacker Junior Seau on May 2. Kinesiology professor Dr. Steven Broglio's research on sports concussions has garnered a lot of press in recent months as well. Below is a U-M News Service piece from April 2012, along with links to other recent stories on Dr. Broglio's research.
Most parents don't realize the staggering number of hard hits young players sustain each football season, says Steven Broglio Ph.D., A.T.C., director of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory and assistant professor at the U-M School of Kinesiology.
Concussion gets quite a bit of media attention, but mainly at the professional level, Broglio says. Consider the latest to grab headlines: former Detroit Lions player and "Webster" star Alex Karras, named as the lead plaintiff in a head injury-related lawsuit against the NFL. However, most players who sustain concussions are high school kids who will never have a college or professional career.
Broglio's research using helmet sensors to measure impact shows that an average high school player takes roughly 650 impacts, with a maximum of more than 2,000 per football season. A concussion occurs at roughly 90 to 100 g-force, which equates to smashing your skull against a wall at 20 mph. (Full story)
Other Features on Dr. Broglio's Research
3/13/12 "Groundbreaking study of head injuries among athletes kicks off with NCAA grant", from UofMHealth.org.
7/25/11 "Real-time data recorded on football player who broke neck", from the University (of Michigan) Record.
7/20/11 "Skyline football team will be the focus of University of Michigan professor's continuing research on concussions", from AnnArbor.com.