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Concussion study to be done in Wisconsin

A McClintock High School Chargers football player cools down during a practice session in Tempe
A McClintock High School Chargers football player cools down during a practice session in Tempe

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The Medical College of Wisconsin will lead a national study on the impacts of concussions and head injuries in youth sports. President Obama announced the $30-million study yesterday at a White House summit on the effects of concussions by young athletes. He said young people make a quarter-million hospital visits each year for sports-and-recreation-related injuries.

The Defense Department and the N-C-A-A will pay for the study. The medical college expects to choose participants for the study within the next 30 days -- including school football and soccer players, and athletes from major college conferences and military academies.

Michael McCrea, the college's director of brain injury research, says 12-hundred Division-One N-C-A-A athletes will be studied for three years on the effects of head impacts and concussions. He said the goal is to create more scientific ways to report head injuries -- and to evaluate their extent and treatments. The chosen athletes will wear sensors to help determine where the injuries take place, the person's angle and velocity at the time, and future effects on the head.

Beside the Medical College, researchers from the universities of Indiana and Michigan will also work on the study.

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