Do prevention programs make high school athletes safer?

January 6, 2014 11:15 AM

Keith Brannon

As more states require concussion education for student athletes, there is little research into whether these programs are making an impact to reduce injuries and improve care. Tulane University physician Dr. Greg Stewart hopes to find out which education strategies work best to make high school athletics safer.

Dr. Greg Stewart

Dr. Greg Stewart, right, co-director of the Tulane Sports Medicine Program, seeks funding to study if concussion prevention programs make high school athletes safer. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Stewart, co-director of the Tulane Sports Medicine Program, has launched a crowd-funding project to raise $9,000 to create and evaluate a new interactive concussion prevention curriculum that will be presented to at least 10 high schools in Louisiana during the year. 

“Most concussion programs focus primarily on symptom identification,” Stewart says. “This project seeks to go beyond that to promote better care-seeking behaviors among high school athletes as well as foster a supportive environment for the injured among players, coaches, peers and parents.”

The project is part of Tulane University’s new collaboration with Microryza, a crowd-funding site that enables researchers to go directly to the public for seed money for early stage research. The project has an “all-or-nothing” funding target, meaning supporters are only charged for donations if it reaches its funding goal. 

Stewart is hoping to get support and donations from the high school sports community to make the study a reality. He has until midnight on Jan. 24 to reach his goal.

“This study could have a real impact in reducing concussion-related injuries among high school players so we’re hoping to get as much support as possible,” Stewart says. 

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