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Free screenings part of concussion research
Clark Medical, Parks & Rec help Georgia Southern with project
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Researchers from Georgia Southern University’s School of Health and Kinesiology have teamed up with Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation and Clark Medical Group to offer free concussion baseline and post-injury screenings to young athletes and others.

The event is intended for adolescents, but concussion screenings will be open to the general public of all ages, 7-9 p.m. this Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 8-10, at Clark Medical Group on Brampton Avenue in Statesboro. The walk-in appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings were also offered at Clark Medical Group for three evenings last week.

Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology, and Barry Munkasy, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology, are coordinating the screening effort as part of the university’s ongoing concussion research.

The project aims “to provide no-cost concussion screening to an at-risk group who may or may not have access to these types of screenings,” the university’s announcement stated. The screenings can “help injured athletes return to play in the safest and most effective manner,” it stated.

If a concussion is found to have occurred, athletes will have the opportunity to complete a follow-up assessment with project staff at Clark Medical Group or at Georgia Southern’s Hanner Biomechanics Lab. Any information gathered will be shared with the individual’s doctor to aid in managing the athlete’s recovery process, the organizers announced.

 

Concussion Research Lab

Georgia Southern University, a leader in this type of research in Georgia, operates a Concussion Research Lab dedicated to the scientific understanding of sports-related concussions and their consequences.

The research currently focuses on the longitudinal aspects and deficits involved in post-concussion injury. Known measurable deficits such as visual problems, postural instability, cognitive impairment and debilitating neurologic symptoms, such as headaches, are direct results of a sport-related concussion and are not well understood during the recovery process, the announcement stated.

Georgia Southern offers pre-season baseline assessments that involve standard clinical exams and novel assessment techniques such as eye tracking, postural control, gait and neuropsychological tests. The current research goal is to monitor the acute and long-term impairments athletes demonstrate after injuries.

The interdisciplinary research team led by Murray and Munkasy works with an array of faculty members and students at Georgia Southern, and has collaborative relationships with the University of Delaware, the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the University of Memphis, Shepherd Center, the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

 

 

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