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The UGA Concussion Research Laboratory consists of two sister spaces, one located in the Ramsey Student Center and the other in the UGA Football Athletic Training Room. The two spaces are equipped to examine concussed patients from a variety of campus and community referral resources. Laboratory directors Julianne Schmidt and Rob Lynall serve as the Athletics Association and the University Health Center's concussion research liaisons, coordinating evaluations for all UGA student-athletes and the student body. The locations of the laboratory spaces make them accessible to a variety of patients allowing for a range of clinical research opportunities.

Our Mission and Vision

The mission of the UGA Concussion Research Laboratory is to improve concussion management by conducting novel and innovative research, providing cutting-edge patient care, and engaging the University of Georgia student body and local community through outreach and education programs.

The vision of the UGA Concussion Research Laboratory is to become a national leader in clinically based concussion research, recognized for exceptional patient care, community education and involvement, and developing students who will become future leaders in the field of Sports Medicine.

2018 Lab members

Current Projects

Our lab has received funding for two large, multi-center studies from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Department of Defense (DoD).

Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium

CARE is a large multi-site study that aims to increase our understanding of the neurobiophychosocial nature of concussion and concussion recovery.

Mind Matters Challenge

The Mind Matters Challenge is aimed at changing attitudes about concussion in young adults and developing effective concussion education programs.

Other current projects include:

  • Youth football head impact biomechanics
  • Driving habits, perceptions, and performance following concussion
  • Reaction time and movement deficits after concussion
  • Relationship between concussion and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Factors influencing concussion recovery in college-aged individuals
  • Reliability and validity of novel concussion assessment tools on the market

Equipment

The laboratories are equipped with multiple computers and iPads, which allow for a variety of computerized concussion assessments. Neurocom Smart Balance Systems are available in each laboratory to assess balance.

The laboratories are also equipped with:

  • Eye movement tracking technology
  • Mobile center of pressure measurement devices
  • Driving simulation hardware
  • A Multi-Cervical Unit to capture neck strength and range of motion
  • Head-impact biomechanics sensors
  • Multiple clinical concussion assessment tools

Other Nearby Labs

Located in the Ramsey Student Center, our lab's proximity to the Cognition and Skill Acquisition Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Athletic Training Simulation Laboratory diversify data-collection capabilities. Some equipment accessible within these laboratories includes a Qualisys Motion Capture System, multiple in-ground Bertec force plates, high fidelity human simulation manikins, and a 20-foot Zeno Walkway System.

Meet Our Team

Portrait of Julianne Schmidt

Julianne Schmidt

PhD, ATC; laboratory co-director

Portrait of Rob Lynall

Rob Lynall

PhD, ATC; laboratory co-director

Portrait of Emily Miller

Emily Miller

MS, ATC; project coordinator (NCAA DoD CARE Consortium research grant)

Portrait of Michelle Weber

Michelle Weber

MS, ATC; doctoral research assistant

Portrait of Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

MS; doctoral research assistant

Portrait of Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson

MS, ATC; doctoral research assistant

Portrait of Landon Lempke

Landon Lempke

MEd, ATC; doctoral research assistant

Portrait of Rachel Le

Rachel Le

MS, ATC; doctoral research assistant

News

A belief in 'grit over wit'

December 11, 2018
UGA Amazing Student Anita Qualls is working toward a career in academic medicine. Along the way, she has played a key role in the Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction Lab in the College of Education, directed by assistant professor Jarrod A. Call.

Media mention: Call interviewed about evolution of his research program

December 10, 2018
The Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training recently interviewed College of Education assistant professor Jarrod A. Call on the evolution of his lab's Regenerative Rehabilitation research program and his AR3T pilot grant that helped shape his research.

Amazing Student: Tyler Haaland

November 26, 2018
Senior blends business sense with love of sports as a dual major. 'My ultimate goal is to be a CFO for a sports team,' he says.