While sports can be fun for both children and adults, they can put participants at risk for serious injuries such as concussions. Dr. Andy Peterson, an assistant professor in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa, will discuss treatment of sports-related concussions in a public talk at the Old Capitol Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 8.
Starting this fall, UI Sports Medicine researchers, in collaboration with several regional flag and tackle football leagues, will conduct a study to document and compare rates of all injuries, including concussions, among youth players.
Researchers from the University of Iowa will take part with other Big Ten and Ivy League schools in the Traumatic Brain Injury Summit later this month in Chicago.
UI President Sally Mason, who is also the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors head, says she is excited by the possibilities of a collaboration between Big Ten and Ivy League institutions to continue close examination of the effects of head injuries in athletics.
A recent study by psychiatrists with the Iowa City VA Medical Center and University of Iowa Health Care finds that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) have measurable abnormalities in the white matter of their brains when compared to returning veterans who have not experienced TBI.
A University of Iowa sports medicine expert is hopeful that a collaboration between the Big Ten Conference and Ivy League will shed new light on a peril of athletics that is becoming increasingly more high profile.
The Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League, in conjunction with the Big Ten Committee on Institutional Cooperation, have announced plans to engage in a co-sponsored, cross-institutional research collaboration to study the effects of head injuries in sports, continuing efforts dating back more than two years.