Medical Center, Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State Receive Grant to Continue in NCAA-Defense Department Sports Concussion Study
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Aug. 20, 2018 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Wake
Forest University and Winston-Salem State University have received a two-year
grant worth approximately $510,000 to support their continued participation in
the largest-ever study of sports-related concussion.
of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium
study is designed to examine the incidence and effects of concussion and
repetitive head-impact exposure among student-athletes of both sexes at
colleges and universities in all NCAA divisions. Wake Forest and Winston-Salem
State are among the 30 NCAA members participating in the study.
the summer of 2016 Wake Forest Baptist personnel have directed comprehensive
baseline screening for concussion on all athletes (including cheerleaders) at
Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State and conducted follow-up evaluations on all those
who have suffered concussions.
researchers are now also collecting saliva samples from the athletes for DNA
analysis to determine if there are any differences between the DNA of those who
have suffered concussion and those who have not.
Forest Baptist’s data-collection activities are led by Christopher Miles, M.D.,
at Wake Forest and Laura Lintner, D.O., at Winston-Salem State. Both are sports
medicine physicians and assistant professors of family and community medicine
at the Medical Center who are affiliated with the respective schools’ athletic
Forest competes in 16 sports in NCAA Division I. Winston-Salem State – the only
historically black college or university participating in the study – fields
varsity teams in 10 sports in Division II.
information gathered from the student-athletes at the various schools is
analyzed by a research team led by scientists at the University of Michigan,
Medical College of Wisconsin and Indiana University School of Medicine.
CARE Consortium, begun in 2014, has to date collected data from more than 40,000
male and female college athletes, including more than 3,000 who have suffered
concussions, and published 10 peer-reviewed research papers.8/20/2018http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2018/Medical_Center,_Wake_Forest_and_Winston-Salem_State_Receive_Grant_to_Continue_in_NCAA-Defense_Department_Sports_Concussion_Study.htm
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