The Institute of Medicine, a federally financed research group, has started a 15-month investigation into sports-related concussions suffered by young athletes.
An ad hoc committee of scientists, which held their first meeting on Monday, “will conduct a study on sports-related concussions in youth, from elementary school through young adulthood, including military personnel and their dependents,” according to the Institute’s website.
The committee will look at the causes of concussions and the “relationships to hits to the head or body during sports, and the effectiveness of protective devices and equipment.” The committee will also review screening, diagnosis, treatment and long-term consequences of concussions and head hits.
The Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academies of Science, is the latest in a line of research groups to study concussions and head hits in athletes and soldiers. Doctors and scientists at Boston University, Virginia Tech University and other institutions have been studying the issue as well.