Student-athlete health and well-being, and how these are affected by injury, including concussion, are important issues from pre-collegiate to professional sports. A new initiative is helping improve our understanding.
CU Boulder has been selected to lead the Pac-12 Conference’s Student-Athlete and Well-Being Concussion Coordinating Unit, a multiyear research initiative designed to compile extensive data on concussions and brain health among student-athletes. University researchers and staff will collaborate with the NCAA to establish objective data collection protocols and implement measurable goals for assessing concussions in student-athletes.
Pac-12 member schools will be phased into the program over three years and will collect concussion data through cutting-edge SyncThink EYE-SYNC devices designed to monitor brain health through eye-tracking technology.
The study represents a major step forward in establishing baseline procedures for concussion assessment, developing treatment strategies and addressing this critical issue.