NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory

“The NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory is focused on improving athlete health and safety related to concussion. With growing attention to these injuries, we collaborate with other departments, schools, and universities to better understand the natural history of concussion, develop concussion diagnostic and injury management techniques, and determine the long-term effects of injury.”
— Dr. Steven Broglio, Director and Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Learn more at neurotrauma.kines.umich.edu.

NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory

Contact

Address: 
CCRB 4716
401 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
(734) 763-3489
(734) 936-1925

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Projects

National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

This study will evaluate changes in cerebral electrophysiology across a season of high school football. All athletes will be equipped with the Head Impact Telemetry (HIT) System to track the location and magnitude of impacts.

National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study

School of Kinesiology Assistant Professor Steven Broglio Ph.D., A.T.C. will be part of a multi-collaborative U-M concussion study funded by the NCAA. The grant will provide $400,000 to the National Sport Concussion Outcomes Study Consortium to examine the effects of head injuries in contact and noncontact sports in both genders through the course of a college career.

The consortium hopes to study more than 1,000 male and female student-athletes competing in 11 sports at three schools to study the effects of contact on the brain. The researchers hope to track those athletes after their college careers end and examine the long-term effects of brain impacts – an area that is still not understood.

The study's collaborators and co-investigators include Dr. Jeff Kutcher from U-M NeuroSport and Dr. J.T. Eckner from the U-M Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

The Effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on Neural Plasticity in Young Adults with a Concussion History

There is considerable debate about the long term effects of concussion and how to best evaluate any potential changes in cognitive and motor control. This investigation implements transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a novel marker of persistent injury and potential intervention to decrease subtle declines in cerebral functioning. 

Head Impacts in Soccer

This investigation will evaluate the effects of a season of participating in soccer. Athletes from the Father Gabriel Richard High school will complete pre-season and post-season testing to evaluate cognitive function and balance using Head Rehab virtual reality software as well as capturing health related quality of life. The results from this study will help us better understand how high school soccer participation may affect cognitive health across a season of play.

NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium

The largest prospective sport concussion study to date, this investigation will enroll an estimated 35,000 student-athletes from 30 universities across the country. For each year of the study, all athletes (football through golf) will complete the Clinical Study Core (CSC) which includes an in-depth demographics questionnaire, a cognitive evaluation, balance assessment, and symptom reports. Injured athletes will be evaluated at five additional time points. A sub-set of athletes will also participate in the Advanced Research Core (ARC) and receive sophisticated imaging and blood biomarker analyses. The findings of this study will define the natural history of concussion and lay the groundwork for a 30 year prospective investigation on the long-term effects of concussion. For more information on this study click here.

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