Friday, December 11, 2015

Whitman High School Chosen for Concussion Research Study - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD

Whitman High School Chosen for Concussion Research Study - Bethesda Beat - Bethesda, MD


  1. They know enough to know football leads to brain injury. What will it take?
    Just another way to market high tech toys. cell phones and wireless in this newfangled contraption are not good for brains.

  2. Attention Students and Parents/Guardians:

    Whitman High has been selected as the first high school in the state to participate in a research study to improve the recognition and diagnosis of sport-related concussions. Researchers are working with high school athletes to test a new device that can quickly assess concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. The device, developed by Bethesda-based medical neuro-technology company BrainScope Co. Inc., is a non-invasive handheld instrument that is being developed to help clinicians confirm a concussion shortly after the suspected injury.
    We are seeking student-athletes who may be willing to participate if they experience a concussion in-season and who qualify under the following criteria:
    • Age 13-19 years of age enrolled in Whitman High School and participating in athletics
    • No hospital admission due to either head injury or collateral injuries for >24 hours
    • No evidence of abnormality visible on computerized tomography (CT) of the head related to the traumatic event
    • No loss of consciousness in excess of 20 minutes
    • Control (non-concussion) participants will be needed as well

    If you qualify:
    -You may be scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan within 72 hours of injury.
    -You may undergo balance and neurocognitive testing, plus an electroencephalogram (EEG).

    Research will be conducted alongside your athletic trainer by Katie Brodka MS, ATC and our concussion specialists, Dr. Elizabeth Delasobera and Dr. Kori Hudson of MedStar Sports Medicine and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. This study will be conducted by the MedStar Health Research Institute and has been approved by the Chesapeake Institutional Review Board and Montgomery County Public School Office of Shared Accountability.

    Compensation for study participation will be provided. For more information, please attend the Parent Meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:30pm in the Whitman Cafeteria.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Alan Goodwin Andy Wetzel, CAA
    Principal Athletic Director

  3. Since Larry Bowers has eliminated the head of the Office of Shared Accountability, what does it mean that the Office of Shared Accountability "approved" this study since that office has absolutely nothing to do with this issue!
    Does "approved" mean that someone took a MCPS administrator out to lunch? Better than that was there a trip to London or Florida?


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