Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
concussion, athletes, trauma, sports
Concussions have been the topic of discussion in the news and media in recent years for their profound impact on today’s sport industry. Athletes have become bigger, faster, and stronger then in the past, increasing the chance of injury. This can been seen in all sports. Contact sports specifically have seen a rise in mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs) over the years. Extensive research has been done to determine the causes of concussion, the short and long term effects of brain injury, and better ways to reduce the risk in sports. Concussion research in athletics has mainly focused on American football. The nature of the sport causes an increased occurrence of concussion then other sports. In the NFL, between 2000 and 2004, concussions were the fifth most commonly occurring injury. Even with the research performed, concussion rates are still increasing, showing the need for more research.
Hersey, Timothy, "History of Concussion Research in American Football" (2013). Honors Theses and Student Projects. 679.