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Akron Children’s Hospital seeking athletes for concussion study

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Posted at 7:26 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 10:52:58-05

CLEVELAND — Akron Children's Hospital is seeking young athletes to participate in a clinical trial to test whether if the cooling of the brain can reduce symptoms and speed up recovery time after a concussion, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

The hospital is seeking young athletes ages 12 to 19 in any type of organized sport.

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The study is using a helmet-like device called the Pro-2 Cool as a non-invasive way to cool the head and neck, Dr. Joe Congeni, the hospital's director of sports medicine told the journal.

Congeni said while most concussion attention is focused on football, it can happen in almost any sport such as soccer, swimming, diving, volleyball and cheerleading.

The two-year study began last fall and has had 31 participants with half of the participants receiving the treatment and the other half receiving brain rest only.

The study needs 600 patients and Congeni has asked six other national children's hospitals to participate.

Insurance providers will only be billed the normal charges for treatment if a child is seen for a concussion, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. The participants will not be charged anything additional because of the study.

The athletes at the following schools can participate:

  • Archbishop
  • Hoban
  • Buchtel
  • East
  • Ellet
  • Field
  • Firestone
  • Kenmore-Garfield
  • Mogadore
  • Rootstown
  • St. Vincent – St. Mary
  • Woodridge

To find more out about the study, go to the Akron Children's Hospital here.