Welcome to the Center for Sport Concussion Research and Service. Our center is home to one of the leading facilities focused on traumatic brain injuries in athletics.
The center uses leading edge technologies, such as a virtual reality (VR) incorporated with brain imaging tools, such as fMRI, DTI, MRS, ASL, SWI, and EEG, to examine the alteration of brain function and structure in concussed individuals. The multidisciplinary research and service are focused on both collegiate athletics and pediatric populations.
The center has three main functions:
Ongoing research into how concussions affect the brain and motor functions, specifically vestibular and oculomotor functions in athletes. Research has also been done on the use of virtual reality in assessing concussions and when the athlete will safely be able to return to the game. Please see the publications page for details on our various projects.
The center provides testing services to the Penn State athletic community for sports which have a high probability of their athletes having a concussion. The center also provides those services to local schools and teams as well.
The center has graduated several undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully acquired various research and educational positions. We currently have one graduate student and 20 undergraduate students participating in research on concussion. Expanding the knowledge base of our students, for them to go out into the world and help society is an integral part of what the center does.