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.
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.
The laboratories are equipped with multiple computers and iPads, which allow for a variety of computerized concussion assessment. 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
The Ramsey Student Center laboratory's proximity to the Cognition and Skill Acquisition Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, and Athletic Training Simulation Laboratory diversify the data collection capabilities. Some equipment accessible within these Laboratories includes a Vicon Motion Capture System, multiple in-ground Bertec force plates, high fidelity human simulation manikins, and a 20-foot Zeno Walkway System.
Thanks to a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, an interdisciplinary team of UGA researchers will introduce a new virtual reality system to help promote physical activity among children ages 6 to 10 year olds.