|UNC founding member of new sports concussion cooperative|
|Wednesday, March 30, 2011|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are part of a new national body focused on reducing sports-related concussions.
The National Sports Concussion Cooperative, announced this week, aims to bring inter-disciplinary collaboration to concussion research and testing.
Its four founding entities are the UNC Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, the Matthew Gfeller Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association and Rawlings Sporting Goods.
“The introduction of this group will help create a movement to collectively bring together the best thinking from these and ultimately other stakeholders who have expertise in distinctly different, yet closely related disciplines,” said Jason Mihalik, Ph.D., member of the UNC Gfeller Center and assistant professor of exercise and sport science in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The cooperative aims to reduce concussions in sports and help protect athletes. It will welcome research and ideas from qualified thought-leaders from across all of the disciplines that are currently working independently.
The cooperative will hold its founding organizational meeting in Chapel Hill on May 2. It will develop an agenda to identify the most pressing concussion objectives in sports and set a course for assessing their significance through research and peer review.
The meeting will take place in conjunction with the inaugural Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Neurotrauma Symposium on April 29-30.
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