Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine staff conducts numerous studies in physical and psychological issues affecting recreational, amateur and professional athletes. Some current areas of research interest include:

  • Objective concussion diagnosis and quantification of severity
  • Utilizing subsymptom threshold exercise training to return athletes with concussions to pre-head trauma status
  • Cervical spine strengthening for concussion injury prevention
  • Hockey injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation
  • Interpreting ice hockey head impact data from accelerometers

Objective Concussion Diagnosis and Quantification of Severity: A Process Essential to the Brain Health of Hockey Players and to the 'Ice to Axon' Research

In this study, co-principal investigators Aynsley M. Smith, Ph.D., R.N. and Michael J. Stuart, M.D., are researching objective diagnostic measures for concussion including blood biomarkers, quantified EEG and the King-Devick test. Prompt, cost-effective, point-of-care objective methods to diagnose and quantify severity of concussive injuries are critical to ensure athletes of all ages are safely removed from and cleared to return to play. Additionally, potential treatment effects can be evaluated only on athletes accurately and objectively diagnosed.

Objective diagnostic measures determined with the King-Devick test, Neuro Catch qEEG and blood draw for biomarker analysis.