• Project Title: Reduction of Risk of Concussions in Athletes

  • BASIS Advisor: Rob Biemsderfer

  • Internship Location: Odessa Medical Center

  • Onsite Mentor: Dr. Bhari

Do helmets prevent the risk for concussions in athletes? Are there any other methods or alternatives in order to prevent concussions? Concussions have been a major problem that has been a recurring theme for the past decade for athletes. When a player suffers a head injury on the field; they have to follow a concussion protocol. All sports leagues should be doing everything in their power to limit the number of concussions that happen in players. The reality of the truth is that they are not. When players keep getting hit on their head consistently will leave lasting impacts on players even after they retire. They are more prone to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. I am assisting Dr. Bhari on examining the effect of concussions in players and trying to limit the amount of head injury that occurs after a hit. My work will mainly be through literature review. I will first gain a deep understanding of concussions. I will then narrow my research down to three sports and my research will be conducted mainly through online studies and resources. I think the best way to reduce concussions among players is to completely rediscover how tackling is taught to defensive players. This project is significant because this research is done in an effort to make sports safer.