UVA studies impact of concussions in young athletes

January 29, 2014

"Helmet? Check. Shoulder pads? Check. Tiny biometric brain injury sensor? Check.

You won’t see the quarter-sized computerized devices tucked behind their ears, but more than 100 local high school and college athletes are donning the sensors during games and practices as part of UVA’s latest push to understand what happens when a player’s brain receives a concussion.

Dr. Jason Druzgal, a neuroradiologist at the University, is leading the charge.

'Part of the problem is there’s not a great consensus about how to manage concussions after the fact,' said Druzgal. 'We do know that if they’re managed inappropriately and someone is returned to play too soon, they have an increased risk for a subsequent concussion. And that’s a real problem. We need better tools to determine when people should be cleared to return to play.'"

Read the complete article from the C-Ville Weekly here.

Posted on October 26, 2015 .