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.
Movement Deficits Following Concussion
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.
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