Science, education, and community working together to prevent and manage concussions
From the beginning, the mission of MCMI was to reduce sports-related concussions by increasing awareness, promoting advocacy, and standardizing the management of activity-related concussions. We understood that we had to be actively involved in the emerging scientific research on concussions. And we understood that we had to align our efforts with research partners and institutional collaborators, wherever they were. Today, we work with Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Dusquene University, St. Josephs University and Alberta Children’s Hospital, in Canada. Together, we have published more than a dozen papers from trends found in our ImPACT baseline and post-concussion data sets (suggested to be the largest outside of ImPACT itself). In 2013, we set out to gather a new data set surrounding youth concussion mechanism, pertinent medical history and recovery rates among primary and secondary schools in New England. Our partnership with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools and a small test group of Maine high schools initiated the Head Injury Tracker (H.I.T.) Project. Now, with concussion on the minds of school administrators Maine primary schools are participating in the project.
Posters and Publications
Here are highlights of our MCMI research work.
New method to induce mild traumatic brain injury in rodents produces differential outcomes in female and male Sprague Dawley rats.
High School Athletes With ADHD and Learning Difficulties Have a Greater Lifetime Concussion History. Authors: Grant L. Iverson, Magdalena Wojtowicz, Brian L. Brooks, Bruce A. Maxwell, Joseph E. Atkins, Ross Zafonte, and Paul D. Berkner. Journal of Attention Disorders, 2016Multiple Prior Concussions are Associated with Symptoms in High School Athletes, Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, June 2014
Division III Collision Sports are not Associated with Neurobehavioral Quality of Life, Journal of Neurotrauma, July 2015
Sex Differences and Self-reported Attention Problems during Baseline Concussion Testing, Applied Neuropsychology: Child, April 2015.
POSTER: Examining Preseason ImPACT Scores in Adolescent Girls with ADHD – INS 2014
HANDOUT: Examining Preseason ImPACT Scores in Adolescent Girls with ADHD – INS 2014
POSTER: Concussion History in High School Athletes with Self-reported Learning Disabilities – INS 2014
HAND OUT Concussion History in HS Athletes with Self-Reported Learning Disabilities-INS 2014-Handout-1
POSTER Concussion History in HS Athletes with Self-Reported LD-INS 2014 Poster-Final(1)