A big discovery in concussion research reveals just how much there still is to learn.
One year ago today, we attended the National Neurotrauma Society Symposium and had the opportunity to speak with several PhD students presenting ground-breaking research in the field of concussions. There was one research study in particular from a group of Boston University researchers that stood out, which suggested that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, is not caused by concussion, but rather impacts to the head.
This revelation is important because it can help better inform prevention efforts to focus on mitigating head acceleration. The construct of this study, however, is focused only on direct head impacts and doesn't include the large portion of concussions that result from whiplash, either from a blow to the body or fall to the ground.
Building off this study, we share research from a comprehensive NFL Concussion Video Analysis, a TED Talk on rotational forces in the brain and more to paint a clearer picture of how core and neck strength are critical in dissipating the injurious forces on the brain in sport.