Participate in a Research Study

April 20, 2011

We want you for a Study

Have you recently sustained a Head Injury?
Would you like to take part in a Research Study?

Simon Fraser University is looking for volunteers to take part in a research study looking at changes in the cardiovascular system and postural instability in individuals with a recent head injury or with post-concussion syndrome.

Concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of head injury that commonly results in symptoms including headache, loss of balance (postural instability), and impaired concentration, among others. These symptoms may resolve within a few days or may persist for weeks. This can lead to lost work, school, and/or sport participation time. Returning to work, school, or sports too quickly can lead to an exacerbation of symptoms or risk of sustaining a second concussion. This study will be investigating the relationship between the cardiovascular system and postural instability in individuals with a head injury.

The time commitment is a few hours on two occasions a couple of days apart. Please respond by early June 2011 to participate in the Study.

If you are 19 years of age or older, recently sustained a head injury, are still symptomatic, and interested in taking part in this study, please contact Michelle Bruner or Dr. Andrew Blaber for more details.

NeuroKinetics is a collaborator in this study.

Study on Concussion Rates in Junior Hockey Players

February 23, 2011

A study was recently completed which followed a junior hockey team and tracked their concussion rates.

Science Daily posted a good article about the study: Junior Hockey Study Uncovers Alarming Concussion Rates

The CBC also had a good article which is linked here.

It is good to see that there is a growing awareness of the seriousness of concussions and the lasting effects which can be experienced from concussions. It is important that education continue to raise awareness about concussions – so that more of these can be prevented. There is generally no widely available treatment for concussion at this time. Our Clinic does offer an effective treatment for concussion. It will take time to make access to solutions accessible to the many.

Here are a few statistical highlights from the article:
• 17 players suffered a total of 21 concussions during 52 observed games.
• 29% suffered a second concussion during the study period.
• 24% of the concussions occurred in players who were involved in a fight.

Be aware, and help support changes in sports so that participation can become safer and still be fun.