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U-M launches new program to prevent sports-related injuries

October 30, 2015

The new Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program already has received financial support from Shelley Barr, widow of former Detroit Lion Terry Barr. Terry Barr, who also played football at U-M, died at age 73 after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. His wife hopes she can help impact the athletes of today by supporting new research and educational outreach.Kutcher also is director of Michigan NeuroSport, where he works with and treats athletes from a variety of sports including soccer, ice hockey and wrestling at all levels. He is the team neurologist for the U-M and Eastern Michigan University athletic programs. He also has been instrumental in crafting the concussion policies of the NCAA, Big Ten and Mid-American Conference.Kutcher says that work continues on finding better diagnostic techniques that might make it easier to see the actual brain changes caused by sports concussions. Concussions are being treated more seriously, as evidence is mounting that repeated impacts to the brain typical in sports injuries can have lasting impacts.

More study is needed on why some athletes are more prone to concussions, and others more resilient. Kutcher says he hopes the new program can be a leader in that research, as well as a resource for coaches, athletes and parents looking for guidance in preventing and recognizing concussion.

Source: University of Michigan