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Concussion Prevention in Female Soccer Athletes

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: NCT03014492
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 9, 2017
Last Update Posted : July 15, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the study is to monitor longitudinal changes in brain structure and function between the preseason and postseason, in a population of soccer playing athletes wearing the Device and compared to a similar population not wearing the device. Secondly, the purpose is to determine the protection of the device relative to amount and magnitude of sustained head impacts.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Concussion, Mild Concussion, Brain Device: Q Collar Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
This study will investigate the effectiveness of this device in high school athletes playing a non-helmeted sport such as soccer. Athletes participating in this study will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: 1) Device wearing during the season or 2) Non-device wearing during the season. This study will focus on the use and effectiveness of the device solely in females, as male football and hockey players have previously been investigated. All participants will be outfitted with an adhesive patch-like accelerometer (which will be placed behind the ear (Xpatch-X2 Biosystems which will measure the magnitude of every impact to the head sustained by the athlete. Effectiveness of the device will be determined via differences in longitudinal brain imaging and functional testing following competitive soccer participation. A subset of athletes who report a diagnosed concussion will also receive additional brain neuroanatomical and neurophysiological testing within a week following the diagnosed concussive event. At each of these time points participants will also undergo various neurocognitive assessments

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 68 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Novel Protection Against Potential Brain Injury During Competitive Non-helmeted Sport in Females
Actual Study Start Date : June 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2018

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Collar Group
Soccer girls that wore the collar device
Device: Q Collar
Collar designed to mitigate slosh in the brain

No Intervention: No Collar Group
soccer girls that did not wear the collar

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determine longitudinal change in brain structure using MRI [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Determine changes in brain structure between pre-season and post-season in population of soccer players wearing the device and those not wearing the device

  2. determine longitudinal changes in brain function using EEG [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Determine changes in brain function between pre-season and post-season in population of soccer players wearing the device and those not wearing the device

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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Female
  • Normal healthy volunteer
  • Able to provide written consent
  • Must be 14 years or older and a participant on a high school soccer team

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable to provide written consent
  • History of neurological deficits, previous cerebral infarction, or severe head trauma as indicated through pre-season screening:
  • Medical contraindications to restriction of venous outflow via the internal jugular veins (known increased intracerebral pressure, metabolic acidosis or alkalosis)
  • Glaucoma (Narrow Angle or Normal Tension)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Recent penetrating brain trauma (within 6 months)
  • Known carotid hypersensitivity
  • Known increased intracranial pressure
  • Central vein thrombosis
  • Any known airway obstruction
  • Any known seizure disorder

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03014492

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United States, Ohio
Cincinanti Childrens Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
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Principal Investigator: Gregory D Myer, PhD Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
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Responsible Party: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Identifier: NCT03014492    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016-0988
First Posted: January 9, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 15, 2020
Last Verified: July 2020
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Brain Concussion
Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Brain Injuries
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Craniocerebral Trauma
Trauma, Nervous System
Head Injuries, Closed
Wounds and Injuries
Wounds, Nonpenetrating