CU Boulder football player in actionStudent-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.

Principal investigators
Matthew McQueen; Theresa D. Hernández

Pac-12 Conference

Collaboration + support
Integrative Physiology; Psychology and Neuroscience; Colorado School of Public Health; CU Anschutz Medical Campus; NCAA’s Concussion Assessment Research and Education Consortium; Pac-12 member institutions