Head Trauma Study in Athletes

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to relate head impacts in youth contact sports to changes in the brain. With this research, we are also looking for volunteers who are male athletes who have never played football, or had a concussion. Volunteers will undergo simple cognitive tests and two brain scans (MRI and MEG). The brain scans do not involve radiation and are completely non-invasive.

Who we are studying

  • Men
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 8 - 18

Eligibility Criteria

  • Athlete who participates in organized sports
  • No history of clinically diagnosed concussion
  • Never played football

What is involved

  • Two 3-hour appointments
  • MEG (magnetoencephalography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Cognitive testing


You will be paid $50 for completing the pre-season visit and $75 for completing the post-season visit.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Kamah Woelfel

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.