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.
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.