November 6, 2013
As more and more information comes out about concussions in football players, one group of scientists at the University of Virginia wanted to find out more about those types of head injuries to players of sports without helmets.
The UVa School of Medicine researchers is using a sensor that can be placed behind the ear that can measure impacts to the head.
They put these sensors on college and high school athletes who play men and women's soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and football at UVa and the Saint Anne's Belfield School.
Dr. Howard Goodkin, a professor of Neurology at UVa, says this study goes beyond the scope of others.
"The sensor that we're using, sticks straight on the bone behind the ear, and this allows us to begin to look at sports other than football and other than helmeted sports, but really look at women's soccer, women's lacrosse where the helmet isn't worn, and begin to really understand women's athletics as well as men's athletics."
Participants will get pre and post MRI scans to see how their brains react to impact.