Steven Broglio will discuss scientific findings and compare them to media reporting on concussions.

Nov. 2: Facts, fiction on concussions

Researcher Steven Broglio to discuss long-term risk of concussions


12:38 p.m., Oct. 28, 2015--Steven Broglio knows more about head impacts than practically anyone. The University of Michigan kinesiology researcher is spearheading a massive NCAA/Department of Defense longitudinal concussion study, which he will discuss at noon, Monday, Nov.2, on the University of Delaware's STAR Campus, 550 South College Ave.

 The lecture, “What is the Long-Term Risk of Concussion: Data vs. Fiction,” is part of the College of Health Sciences Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series. Held in the STAR Atrium, the remarks are open to the public and the campus community. No pre-registration is required, and the college will serve light refreshments. 

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Broglio, director of the Neuro Trauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan, is working with Thomas Buckley, Tom Kaminski and the University of Delaware Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology on the landmark NCAA/DoD study. The overall goal of the study is to identify the natural history and progression of concussions.  

“The NCAA/DoD Grand Alliance is the largest comprehensive investigation of sport-related concussion conducted to date,” says Buckley. “Having Dr. Broglio come to UD supports the ongoing research to protect the health and well-being of our student-athletes.” 

With a great deal of information and misinformation circulating on the long-term effects of concussions and repeated head impacts, Broglio will discuss scientific findings and compare them to media reporting on concussions.  

“At all levels of sport, athletes and parents are rightfully concerned about the risks of concussions, but it’s important to know the whole picture about the real short- and long-term risks,” adds Buckley. “At our University, Eric Ziady [athletic director], Andrew Reisman [team physician] and Dan Watson [head athletic trainer] have been essential to the success of this project and putting the health and safety of Blue Hen athletes first.”  

After Broglio’s lecture on Nov. 8, the remaining lecture series schedule includes: 

• Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., "Health Disparities in Older Adults" with Sarah L. Szanton, director, PhD Program in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University; 

• Jan. 25 at 4 p.m., "Physical Activity in Older Adults" with Loretta DiPietro, chair, Department of Exercise Science, George Washington University;

• Feb. 22 at noon, "Physical Activity Epidemiology" with Barb Ainsworth, associate director and professor, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University; 

• March 21 at 4 p.m., "Infant Speech and Motor Development" with Jana Iverson, professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh; and 

• April 5 at 4 p.m., "Prevention of Obesity and Diabetes" with Stella Volpe, professor and chair, Nutrition Sciences Department, Drexel University.

Article by Dante LaPenta

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