UGA Concussion Research Laboratory
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 the development of students who will become future leaders in the field of Sports Medicine.
Our lab has received funding for two large, multi-center studies from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
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
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
- Two Driving Simulators
- A Multi-Cervical Unit to capture neck strength and range of motion
- Head-impact biomechanics sensors
- Multiple clinical concussion assessment tools
Meet Our Team
(NCAA DoD CARE Consortium research grant)
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