Measuring Head Impacts in Sports

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2004 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00060827
First received: May 14, 2003
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: March 2004

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Measuring Head Impacts in Sports
Head Impact Recording Technology for Field Applications

Head impacts in sports can lead to brain injury even when the participant is wearing a helmet. The forces that contribute to brain injury from sports-related head impacts are not well understood. This study will test a new device to measure the speed of head impacts among football players.

Each year, 50 to 70 million people in the United States participate in helmeted and unhelmeted sports with the potential for head impacts. Such sports include football, soccer, hockey, basketball, and boxing. Participating in these sports carries the risk of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). The biomechanics of head impacts that result in concussions or other MTBIs are not well understood; however, it is thought that such impacts correlate with head accelerations. Currently, there is no system that allows researchers to measure head acceleration in a large number of individuals during actual play. This is a major obstacle in understanding the mechanism of MTBI and its prevention. This study will evaluate a newly designed miniature device that uses Head Impact Recording Technology (HIRT) to quantify head acceleration during impact in actual sports play.

One hundred college football players will be enrolled in the study. Data from HIRT-instrumented helmets will be collected during normal team practice and games throughout a 5-month football season. Data collected will be assessed to determine the incidence, magnitude, and duration of head acceleration during impacts on the sports field.

Observational
Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
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  • Brain Injuries
  • Brain Concussion
Device: Head Impact Recording Technology (HIRT)
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Inclusion Criteria

  • College football players
Male
18 Years to 24 Years
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United States
 
NCT00060827
R44HD40743-02
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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Principal Investigator: Rick Greenwald, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
March 2004

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