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Measuring Head Impacts in Sports

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00060827
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn
First Posted : May 15, 2003
Last Update Posted : October 30, 2014
Information provided by:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Brain Injuries Brain Concussion Device: Head Impact Recording Technology (HIRT)

Detailed Description:

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.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Official Title: Head Impact Recording Technology for Field Applications

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MedlinePlus related topics: Concussion

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Impact Severity [ Time Frame: Immediate ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 24 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria

  • College football players

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00060827

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United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State University
State College, Pennsylvania, United States, 16801
Sponsors and Collaborators
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
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Principal Investigator: Rick Greenwald, Ph.D.
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00060827    
Other Study ID Numbers: R44HD040743-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 15, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 30, 2014
Last Verified: March 2004
Keywords provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD):
Mild traumatic brain injury
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Injuries
Brain Concussion
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Wounds and Injuries
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Head Injuries, Closed
Wounds, Nonpenetrating