Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC—Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

Member Highlight—February 2015

  • Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC (broglio@umich.edu)
    • Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Michigan
    • Director, NeuroSport Research Laboratory

What is the focus of your injury research and what are you currently working on?

Our team is focused on sports-related concussion research; injury prediction using biomechanics, injury assessment and management, and the persistent effects of injury.  We are currently looking at the long-term effects of concussion on various aspects of motor control (e.g., walking, hand motion, reaction time) across the lifespan.  Most recently, we have started to enroll a national sample of college students in a longitudinal study of concussion and sub-concussive impacts.

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What area of injury are you most interested in and why?

We are most interested in evaluating the long-term effects of sport concussion in high school students.  High school student-athletes make up the single largest cohort of physically active individuals in the country, have the least medical care (e.g., on-site athletic trainers), and yet have been largely ignored in the medical literature.

What are the practical implications for your research?

The average high school student athlete plays 2 to 3 years of his/her sport and may sustain 1 or 2 concussions during that time.  What we want to know is if or how those injuries may influence cognitive and motor health decades later.  Despite what is commonly reported in the lay media, we do not know the answer to this question.  

What is the biggest misconception within your injury topic?

There appears to be an overwhelming trend that a single concussion will result in CTE or another neuro-degenerative disease, but we don't have any data at this time that can show that relationship.

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Publication Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015
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