in 2011, the Arizona Interscholastic Association implemented a concussion education program for all athletes participating in athletics. Completion of this program is required prior
to participation in AIA sanctioned events.
For more information, watch the press conference announcing the Brainbook program.
We are excited to be involved with several research studies to better understand sport related concussion in the young athlete.
The Effects of
Headache on Health-Related Quality of Life in
Following Sport-Related Concussion.
Funded by the National Headache Foundation. March 2009-June 2010
The goal of this project is to assess the headache-related quality of life and to collect "sport injury impact" narratives from adolescents with sport-related concussion, identify the meanings they attribute to that concussion, and qualitatively determine the effects of concussion and headache on their HRQOL.
The effect of
sport-related concussion on cognition, balance, symptoms and
health-related quality of life in adolescent athletes.
Funded by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). February 2010-June 2012.
This project aims to: 1) assess the immediate and prolonged effects of concussion on HRQOL in adolescent athletes, 2) asses the relationship between the measures of impairment (cognition, balance and symptoms) and disability (HRQOL), 3) compare the effect of sport related concussion and musculoskeletal injury on HRQOL in adolescent athletes within the first 10 days post-injury and 4) collect "sport concussion impact" narratives from adolescents with sport related concussion, identify the meanings they attribute to that concussion, and qualitatively determine the affects of concussion on their HRQOL.
Evaluating the Influence of Concussion Education on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors Regarding Concussion among Youth Athletes, Coaches, and Parents.
Funded by the National Operating Committee on Standard s for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). February 2012.
The aim of this project is to to describe the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding concussion among a group of youth athletes, parents, and coaches and to evaluate the effectiveness of two pre-season educational interventions on the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding concussion among these same individuals.
Dr. McLeod is available to present sport-concussion information to youth sports organizations, schools, and clubs. She has spoken nationally and internationally on pediatric sport related concussion issues and can direct presentations to athletes, parents, coaches, school administrators, and healthcare providers.
1. Normative data using the Pediatric ImPACT program
2. Concussion education for youth sports teams ages 8-14
3. Health-Related Quality of Life Following Sport Related Concussion
ATSU has partnered with the internationally known Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., in their Barrow Concussion Network. The network is the most comprehensive concussion prevention, treatment, and education program for young athletes in the nation.
Under the leadership of Barrow physicians and the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), the network will include mandatory concussion education, voluntary pre-injury baseline testing, post-injury medical resources to all AIA schools and provide groundbreaking research on injured Arizona students. ATSU joins other network partners, the Arizona Cardinals and AIA. Learn more...