Do concussion prevention programs make high school athletes safer? Tulane doctor seeks funding to find out.
As more states, including Louisiana, require sport concussion education for student athletes, there is little research into whether these programs are making an impact to reduce injuries and improve care. Tulane University physician Dr. Greg Stewart plans to find out which education strategies work best to make high school athletics safer.
Stewart, co-director of Sports Medicine at Tulane, launched a crowdfunding project to raise $9,000 to create and evaluate a new interactive concussion prevention program. When funding is obtained, the program will be presented to at least 10 high schools in Louisiana during the next year.
“Most concussion programs focus primarily on concussion symptom identification,” Stewart says. “This project seeks to go beyond the standard with a goal to inspire all high school athletes to adopt healthy injury-preventative actions. We will promote community involvement calling-on the players, peers, coaches, school staff, and parents to develop a supportive environment for the injured among players, so he/she will experience a successful recovery.”
The project is part of Tulane’s new collaboration with Microryza, a crowdfunding site that enables researchers to go directly to the public for seed money for early stage research. The project has an “all-or-nothing” funding target, meaning supporters are only charged for donations if it reaches or exceeds $9,000.
Stewart is hopeful that the high school sports community will show their support of this project with their donations to make the study a reality. “This study could have a real impact in reducing concussion-related injuries among high school players so we’re aiming to get as much support as possible. No gift is too small and every contribution makes a difference!” Stewart says.
Fund-raising for the project will end at midnight, Jan. 24, 2014. Visit http://tulane.it/Jbwp1Q to find more information about the project and to pledge your donation. Every contribution makes a difference! Dr. Stewart and his team thank you in advance for considering a gift in support of this effort.