Our research focuses on the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of concussions. Overall, we seek to improve the clinical care for individuals who sustain a concussion by understanding ways to improve diagnosis, recovery monitoring, prognosis, and rehabilitation following injury.
The current projects we are working on include:
The overarching goal of our research is to evaluate quantitative measures that are capable of identifying neurological deficits following concussion, their physiologic underpinnings, and their long-term consequences. By monitoring recovery and determining biological predictors of long-term outcomes following concussion, we are working towards establishing a framework to better understand effective methods to allow athletes with a concussion to reintegrate back into safe sport participation. Our work primarily focuses on the following areas of concussion research.
Concussion has been documented to affect gait and postural control, however many of the techniques used in clinical practice rely on subjective evaluative methods. We are working on ways to quantify motor performance, particularly under dual-task conditions, as an assessment approach to determine sports readiness following a concussion. Through our work, we hope to translate our findings from the laboratory to clinical settings.
PhD David Howell works as the lead researcher for sports medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado and is the assistant professor of orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He said CTE is thought to have many different causes, ranging from subconcussive head trauma to an accumulation of smaller head traumas.
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