International Concussion & Head Injury Research Foundation
ICHIRF were delighted to welcome students from Southbank International School based at Hampstead campus who were investigating head trauma in sport, the effects of CTE on the brain and changes to safety measures to prevent long term brain injuries in sport for their end of year Grade 5 IBPYP Exhibition. Their central idea was: The growth in brain injuries has led to greater responsibility in sport and they used (the above) three lines of inquiry to do their research. The students demonstrated a depth of knowledge on their interview topic and clearly have the skills to complete a student-initiated, inquiry-based project!
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.”