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Concussion Research

Concussions present with a wide range of symptoms and often are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed resulting in serious, lasting consequences. Research into more effective concussion prevention measures and treatments will help us mitigate the harmful effects of concussions in the developing brains of children.

The St. Luke's Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic leads various research projects in order to better serve our patients, their families, and our community. We partner with St. Luke’s applied research, Boise State University, and various youth sports organizations in this important work. Our research goals are to inform best practices, provide better care, improve health in our community, increase patient quality of life, and decrease the cost of concussion care.

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Current Research Topics

We are currently conducting research in several other areas related to concussion:

  • Quantifying serum and plasma bio markers of concussion in sports related concussions
  • Assessing the role of parents as navigators for their children with concussion in the medical system 
  • Using post-concussion symptom scales to predict concussion resolution

Studies in development include:

  • Correlating advanced MR imaging findings with neurocognitive and serum bio marker tests in collision sport participants
  • Assessing postural stability during dual task performance in patients with concussion

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Through your support, we hope to strengthen and expand partnerships to address knowledge gaps in assessment, management, and treatment of concussion. 

For more information, please call (208) 381-2665, or make a donation to support concussion research at St. Luke's.