Journal article

The potential of head acceleration measurement to augment current best practice in concussion screening in professional Australian football players

Jonathan Reyes, Catherine Willmott, Andrew McIntosh, Teresa S Howard, Patrick Clifton, Michael Makdissi, Peter Harcourt, Peter Cameron, Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Jack VK Nguyen, Biswadev Mitra



OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential utility of head acceleration event (HAE) measurements to augment identification of players for further concussion screening in non-helmeted contact sport. DESIGN: Prospective observational pilot study. PARTICIPANTS: 210 (118 female) professional Australian football players in 2017 season. METHODS: Players wore the X-Patch® accelerometer for one match each with data collected across 14 matches. Players with HAEs above thresholds associated with concussion, 95 g (males) or 85.5 g (females), were compared to players identified to have suspected concussion by club personnel during the inspected matches. Video review of matches was undertaken by a physician bli..

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Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC; Canberra, Australia)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a National Health & Medical Research Council (NH & MRC; Canberra, Australia) grant (APP1133923, 2016), the Alfred Trauma Service and the Australian Football League (AFL). The ATS and the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health provided in-kind support across the course of this study including: research accounting support, high-level stakeholder engagement, attending investigator meetings as required and a research assistant. The AFL provided direct funding to cover the costs of research assistant salaries, as well as in-kind support in the form of AFL staff time to: educate investigators in relation to current AFL concussion management processes; attend investigator meetings; assist with access to participating clubs, and assist in manuscript preparation.