NFL Charities announced today that it is giving a $100,000 grant to the UPMC Sports Medicine concussion program and East Tennessee State University to study concussions in youth football players ages 8-12.
A total of $1.6 million in grants is going to 16 different research or medical organizations, with $988,224 heading for the study of concussions.
UPMC will partner with East Tennessee State to study the neurocognitive effects of youth-football concussions using the pediatric Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, or ImPACT founded by the concussion program director and co-director, Mark Lovell and Michael "Micky" Collins. They will serve as investigators along with East Tennessee State's Dr. R.J. Elbin, while the principal investigator will be Dr. Anthony Kontos, newly hired assistant research director with the UPMC Sports Medicine concussion program.
The study also is to examine how body size, competition level and age may play a role in youth-football concussions.