Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, typically caused by a force to the head or body, that leads to a change in brain function.

To learn more about this injury, the NCAA and the Department of Defense are partners in an ongoing study, called the CARE Consortium. Launched in 2014, it’s the largest and most comprehensive research on concussion injuries ever undertaken. 

Over 40,000 NCAA student-athletes and service academy cadets have participated in the study, which is supported by $64 million in government funding.

Dr. Michael McCrea, director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, serves as one of the three principle investigators for the study, and served as a presenter at the 2019 US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium, presented by MedStar Health.

“Our overarching goal is to understand the natural history of recovery, and what are factors that predict either faster or slower recovery,” McCrea said. 

McCrea shared preliminary findings from the research and additional details about the CARE Consortium in a new video produced as part of the US Lacrosse | MedStar Sports Medicine Health & Performance Series.

“Our hope is that this massive data set will broadly inform the science of sport-related concussion,” McCrea said. “There may be some nuance in applying this data to high school aged athletes or youth athletes, but certainly this data set will inform our understanding on concussion and recovery across all populations.”

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The Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse seeks to expand, broaden and elevate the safety initiatives that the national governing body has been committed to since its creation in 1998.

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