BUFFALO, NY – The State University at Buffalo has received a $2 million grant, which will be spent over the next five years studying the effects of concussions not only on the brain but the body is well.
Through their research, it is hoped doctors will be able to determine just how much exercise is a good thing for a recovering concussion patient.
"This is really useful for the teenage athlete because they're the group that we find are most susceptible to concussion and takes the longest to recover," said Dr. John Leddy of the UB Concussion Clinic.
The study will involve recruiting up to 90 teenage and adolescent athletes.
Ideally, researchers would like 45 teenage athletes who have experienced a concussion, with the other half who have not serving as a control group.
The study will be conducted by physicians at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine,and interested parents should contact the UB Concussion Management Clinic at 716-829-5499.
Among the things researchers will specifically study will be exercise intolerance.
It has been found that an individual can only do so much exercise following a concussion, before their brains are stressed to the point of being unable to continue, or that their cognitive skills become impacted.
By measuring an individual’s exercise intolerance, researchers can not only more accurately discern if someone has a concussion, but also can hopefully pin point how long it might take them to recover and resume normal activity.