Baseline and Post-Concussion Testing in Young Athletes Diagnosed with a Sports Related Concussion

Study ID
STU 092013-039

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC)
  • UT Southwestern-Other

Cason Hicks

Principal Investigator
Nyaz Didehbani, Ph.D.


Participants will receive a detailed explanation of the study, the benefits and risk of participation and with a legal guardian, participants will sign the informed consent. Participants will be consenting to baseline and follow-up testing in the event of a concussion and a 3 and 6 month follow-up assessment. They will be baseline tested to establish normal functioning levels and the testing will consist of 3 parts.

Part 1 at uTD Center for BrainHealth will include neuropsychological tests, buccal swab/Dna sample to look at cognitive and resiliency markers that may have an impact of concussion recovery.
We will also be using the neuroTrack System to assess pupil and oculomotor responses to visual stimuli at baseline and before and after each game.

Part 2 at uTD Center for BrainHealth for eeG.

Part 3 at uTSW will include an fMRi scan. The researcher will ask questions to decide whether it is safe for each participant to have an MRi. The scan will last approximately 30 minutes and will require the participant to lie still at rest. no tasks will be performed in the scanner.

Part 4 at Children's Hospital in Fort Worth:
MeG: This portion of the study will be optional for subjects. Resting state Magnetoencephalography (MeG) with eyes open (15 minutes) and eyes closed (15 minutes) will be obtained. Slow wave activity in the MeG time course will be correlated spatially with diffusion tensor imaging findings.

Part 5 at various practice and game locations:
Head impact Sensors:
The subject may be asked to wear a commercially available head impact sensor in their helmet, affixed behind their ear with medical tape, as part of a head band, or as part of a mouth guard. These sensors will not affect the integrity of any safety equipment, including the helmet and mouth guard.

Participant Eligibility

* Student-athletes at a participating high school.

* Subjects will be participating in sports considered high risk for sport related concussion including football, cheerleading, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track and field (pole vaulters), and wrestling.