International Concussion & Head Injury Research Foundation

Concussion in Sport

Concussion in Sport is an initial three year study by the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation, investigating the long-term effects of concussion on men and women who have competed in impact sports, and seeking to establish whether there is an increased incidence of neuro-degenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and the condition currently described as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

This international project will look at both retired athletes and a matched set of control volunteers. If you want to be part of this important research, please register you interest by completing the online form.

“As professional jockeys, with on average a fall every 14 rides, it was accepted that we would suffer concussion but we gave little thought as to what the long-term effects of repetitive head injuries would be, so this is an important research project, not only for racing, but for all sports. It will be of great benefit to establish the facts regarding the effects of concussion and to be able to minimise risks for athletes in the future.”
Richard Dunwoody

What we do

The International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF) is a not-for-profit organisation that has been created to carry out independent research into concussion and head injury. It has a trading name – Concussion in Sport – and works in close association with a Registered Charity – The Concussion Foundation. ICHIRF is collaborating with other concussion research projects in Australia, Switzerland and North America and has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

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“Concussion has now become a major concern for all contact sports. Only through high quality, independent research can we uncover the true facts surrounding this complicated condition. I full support/endorse the work being done in this area by Concussion in Sport (ICHIRF). If you have been concussed, or just want to be a control subject, I would encourage you to sign up for this ground-breaking project.”
Sir Clive Woodward