Athlete Health and Neuroscience Lab
This NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR) supported lab works with student athletes to understand risk for and recovery from sport-related concussion. Our studies focus on enhancing the mental and physical well-being of student athletes by bringing scientists and physicians together. The goals of our lab are to understand athletes mental and physical health characteristics and to carefully track symptom timelines after a head injury in an effort to improve understanding of the factors that may increase risk for more protracted recovery timelines.
- To create a streamlined but comprehensive post-concussion protocol that enhances detection and clarifies return-to-play decisions.
- To understand the prevalence and motivations for risky health behaviors, like hiding concussion symptoms and using drugs and alcohol, among student athletes.
- To examine the utility of objective, physiological indicators for identifying sports-related concussions, predicting recovery timelines, and informing return-to-activity decisions.
- To better utilize the information already available to physicians through advanced statistics to improve the accuracy of concussion detection, severity grading, and expected recovery timelines.
“Validating HRV as an objective clinical measure of TBI symptom severity and recovery to inform physicians' return-to-play decisions”, CBIR14IRG020, 6/2014 – 5/2017.
"Developing a comprehensive clinical profile of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in concussed athletes using advanced statistical approaches", CBIR13IRG028, 6/2013 – 5/2017 (NCE).
The lab is NOT currently accepting graduate students or research assistants.
|Core Faculty:||Jennifer F. Buckman, PhD|
|Affiliated Faculty:||Brandon Alderman, Ph.D. (Exercise Science & Sports Studies)
Robert Monaco, M.D. (Sports Medicine)
Anne E. Ray, Ph.D. (Consultant)
Evgeny Vaschillo, Ph.D. (Center of Alcohol Studies)
Jason Womack, M.D. (Sports Medicine)
|Post-doctoral Fellow:||Fiona Conway, PhD|
|Staff:||Kyle Brostrand, A.T.C.|