Youth Football Players and Head Impacts: The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute® Collaborating with the MORE Foundation to Study Tackle Football’s Real-Time Effects on the Brain

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Youth Football Players and Head Impacts: The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute® Collaborating with the MORE Foundation to Study Tackle Football’s Real-Time Effects on the Brain

Brighton, Michigan (October 10, 2016) The CORE Institute® announced that The Sports Neurology Clinic in Brighton, Michigan, is collaborating with the MORE Foundation on an in-depth, four-year study of head trauma in local youth football players. The Brighton Football Study will examine the potential chronic results of head trauma by measuring head impacts with helmet sensors and conducting extensive brain function tests before and after each football season.

“Most current research assesses athletes years and decades after contact exposure. There is a need to evaluate players in real-time, especially before high school,” said Dr. Sean Rose, Director of Clinical Research at The Sports Neurology Clinic, who specializes in sports concussion and neurological disorders in athletes. “Focusing research efforts in this younger age group is a major step toward determining the true risks of repetitive head impacts in contact sport athletes.”

The participating football players, ages nine to nineteen, are members of the Brighton Bulldogs Football and Cheer JV League and Brighton High School’s varsity team. A total of 134 players are participating in the study this year.

The players will be wearing Riddell football helmets equipped with Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System. InSite is a helmet-based head impact monitoring system that communicates wirelessly with a handheld alert monitor, designed to alert coaches and staff on the sideline of atypical on-field head impacts sustained during a football game or practice. “It provides us with the ability to examine our players if a high impact hit is detected,” said Patrick Seremet, coach and president of the youth football league. “Participation in this research fits directly into our mission of improving player safety at the youth football level.”

“I feel a great responsibility to help provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for high school football,” said Brian Lemons, head coach for Brighton High School Varsity Football. “The information from this is valuable to all and we are proud to be a part of something so meaningful.”

Twice a year, players will also visit The Sports Neurology Clinic at The CORE Institute® for comprehensive neurological and cognitive testing, once before contact practices start and again in the winter. One of the tests, Brain Network Activation (BNA™) by ElMindA, measures the networks formed in the brain during different tasks.

“Conducting high-quality research studies is needed in the field of brain health and concussion,” Dr. Rose said. “Medical recommendations for concussion, especially regarding retirement decisions, are all over the place simply because research data is lacking. The goal of this study is to change that.”

The study is supported by ElMindA (Herzliya, Israel) and Riddell (Rosemont, Illinois).

 

MORE Foundation

The MORE Foundation exists to empower individuals to Keep Life in Motion® through innovative research, community education and charitable assistance. Our community is encouraged to learn about biomechanical research projects including gait and motion analysis, mechanical testing of orthopedic devices and implants, and sports performance. Learn more at www.more-foundation.org

Brighton Bulldogs Football and Cheer

Brighton Bulldogs Football and Cheer is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing the youth of the Brighton, Michigan area a quality football and cheer experience. Learn more at www.bulldogsfootballandcheer.com

Brighton Varsity Football

The Brighton High School Athletic Department is supported through Brighton High School and the Brighton Board of Education and Is focused on sportsmanship, team building, and supporting the Brighton, Michigan community. Learn more at www.BrightonFootball.net

ElMindA

BNATM is a technology that uses EEG event-related potentials (a brain wave test) and analysis of recordings by advanced algorithms to understand and visualize the network complexity of brain function. Learn more at elminda.com

Riddell

Riddell is a premier designer and developer of protective sports equipment and is the recognized leader in football helmet technology and innovation. Learn more at www.riddell.com