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By Jessica Shafer, Neurobiology/Biology Double Major
Advisor: Gregory Myer
Presentation ID: PM_B26
Abstract: New technology in the form of a jugular vein compression collar suggests that a neck collar may help protect the brain from head impacts over the course of a competitive sport season. Replicating the natural phenomenon of rams and woodpeckers, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Research Team under the supervision of Dr. Gregory Myer is actively working to provide a possible answer to the one of the biggest concerns in competitive athletics today. The DTI MRI imaging observes alterations in mitigation of brain microstructure in response to a season long head impact exposure with a bilateral jugular vein compression collar device variable. Multiple neurophysiological tests to were preformed to apply cognitive ability differences preseason, postseason, and post-concussion if applicable. The neurophysiological tests included the King Devick, Task Switching, Trail Making and Flanker.