The University of Nebraska isn’t the first school to integrate academic concussion research into its football program; the Matthew Gfeller Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has performed groundbreaking work for years now, and the Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences has made incredible strides in understanding if and how football helmets can protect against concussions.
Nebraska is the latest entrant; the hope is that the school’s Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior can lead to further understanding and better diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. The center — CB3 as it’s known, according to this Associated Press story — will be located within a newly expanded portion of Memorial Stadium, where the Cornhusker football team plays its home games. The video above details the CB3 and other features of the expansion.
The CB3 will be led by Dennis Molfese, PhD, a noted expert in brain recording techniques whose research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and a host of other government agencies and foundations. With state-of-the-art equipment at the ready to determine the presence, and severity of injury, the hope is that TBI assessment is on the verge of a breakthrough.
This research has broad application, of course. TBI and concussions are most commonly associated with football, but soccer players and cheerleaders are at elevated risk for sustaining a TBI as well. Even more, the potential benefits to members of the armed forces are profound.
“There has been great concussion research that’s been going on for decades,” Molfese told the AP. “It’s disconcerting to realize just how little we really know.”
Hopefully the CB3 and other critical research projects begin to turn that tide.
Learn more about TBI, here.