Concussion Connect

2015 ~ Present | Department of Defense (CDMRP/USAMRMC), National Football League, GE Ventures, UnderArmour, Coulter Foundation, GTRI, GT Athletics


To examine the problem of concussion from a multidisciplinary view that includes neuroscience, clinical assessment, sports engineering, health informatics, and societal issues.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Multiscale injury tolerances, Systems approach to understanding injury complexity, Validation of concussion assessment tools, Return-to-play / return-to-life issues, Policy and public education, Legal issues related to concussion

Methods and Technologies

  • Electromechanical Instrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Statistics
  • Sensor Engineering
  • Cell Culture
  • Database Development and Interfacing
  • Web and App Development

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Applied Physiology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration, Management
  • Computational Media
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Sports, Society, and Technology
  • Business Administration - IT Management

Preferred Interests and Preparation

BMED/BIOL/CHEM/AP/PSYCH – Background/interest in cell culture, clinical studies, physiology, sports medicine / engineering, health informatics, biomechanics, device development and validation.

BMED/ME – Background/interest in biomechanics, sensor development, sports engineering, device development and validation.

ECE, CS, CM, HCI – Background/interest in programming, systems, databases, web applications, graphics, human-computer interactions, health informatics.

MGMT – Background/interest in intellectual property, FDA, marketing, commercialization.

HST/SST/STC – Background/interest in history, sociology of sports, role of the concussion crisis on sports, ethical issues surrounding sports policy and injury.

PUBP – Background/interest in sports-related legislation, public health issues, ethics, implementation of new laws regarding concussion and return to play.

Meeting Schedule & Location



Meeting Location: 

Klaus 1440

Meeting Day: 


Team Advisors

Dr. Michelle LaPlaca (BME)

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Department of Defense (CDMRP/USAMRMC), National Football League, GE Ventures, UnderArmour, Coulter Foundation, GTRI, GT Athletics