CREST Concussion Recovery Study

CREST Concussion Recovery Study

Concussion is a short-term disturbance of brain function due to either a direct blow to the head or from force transmitted to the head from an impact to another part of the body. A person does not have to lose consciousness (“be knocked out”) to have a concussion.

The most common causes of concussion are falls, car accidents, sports injuries and assaults. Following a concussion, the symptoms of most patients’ resolve within 10-14 days. However, a small proportion of people’s symptoms do not resolve, leaving them with persisting post-concussion symptoms including altered thinking, headaches, dizziness and fatigue.

About the CREST Concussion Recovery Study

We are investigating a number of factors that may help us to identify people at risk of delayed recovery following a concussion injury. If you are in WA, are aged between 18-65 years, and have been diagnosed with concussion by a medical doctor within the last seven days, you may be eligible to participate in a research project on concussion. The project has two phases:

Phase I: involves a short telephone interview to collect information about your concussion injury, your symptoms and some details about your general health. You may also be invited to participate in Phase II of the study if you are eligible.

Phase II: includes MRI scan, EEG test, neuropsychological tests, blood test and exercise bike test.

To participate or for further information please click here

Recruiting Healthy Control Participants for CREST Concussion Study

The Neurotrauma team at Curtin University and the Perron Institute, led by Professor Lindy Fitzgerald, are currently recruiting participants for an exciting new study on concussion – the CREST Concussion REcovery STudy. This study is the largest of its kind in Western Australia and involves a range of techniques that are at the forefront of concussion research.

The aim of the study is to identify factors which may predict individuals at increased risk of delayed recovery following concussion to better manage treatment and improve recovery.

We are currently recruiting “Healthy Control Participants” to take part in the research. Healthy controls are an important part of the research process, as it enables us to see what our test results would look like in people of a similar age and gender, who have not recently experienced a concussion (within the past five years), compared to those who have recently experienced a concussion.

Participation as a “Healthy Control” will involve a short questionnaire about yourself and your general health, an MRI scan, EEG, neuropsychological tests, blood tests and exercise bike tests.

For more information or to see if you are eligible, please email concussionstudy@curtin.edu.au or phone 0466 526 849.

 

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