Affordable Adolescent Athletic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Risk Management System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43CE002082-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43CE002082
Amount: $168,048.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NCIPC
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
DUNS: 927303412
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (763) 515-5335
Business Contact
Phone: (763) 463-4814
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Some 1.6 to 3.8 million mild traumatic brain injuries occur annually in the United States as a result of recreational activities. Approximately 300,000 of these injuries result in a loss of consciousness. Adolescents aged 15 to 19 years are more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury than other age groups in part due to sporting activities such as football, hockey, and soccer. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to long term disabilities and even death, especiallyif not properly treated. In a given year, 3.6 percent to 5.6 percent of the 1.2 million interscholastic football athletes sustain concussions. Only about half of high school football players reported their injury after sustaining a minor concussion. Unreported concussions are often left untreated and have an increased potential to become more serious injuries than those receiving prompt medical assessment. Data collected from instrumented sports helmets can be used as an independent indication of injury. However currently available instrumentation systems are too costly (gt 65,000 per team) for widespread use in organized adolescent sports. The goal of this proposed program is to develop a substantially less expensive and easier to use system. A less expensive system will be more available to adolescent football teams where cost is a barrier to the adoption of advanced injury prevention technology. Adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to this type of injury due to their continued brain developmentand reduced strength in their neck. The proposed technology is also suitable for monitoring athletes in sports such as hockey, lacrosse, baseball, etc. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The proposed program seeks to develop a system that identifies athletes who may have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury while participating in a sporting event. Early injury detection allows for rapid care and optimal medical services.

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