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The Coast Guard Academy wants to track cadets after graduation as part of a massive concussion study
The Coast Guard Academy, which is involved in the most comprehensive concussion study to date, is preparing to track cadets after they leave the academy to examine the impact a concussion can have on a person's brain over time.
The study, launched in 2014 by the NCAA and the Department of Defense, initially looked at the impacts from concussions or repeated head injuries in the hours, days and weeks after the injury, and compared those to assessments done beforehand. Now, it is expanding the study to look at potential cumulative effects.
To date, the study, which aims to understand the effect concussions have on the brain and to identify ways to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention, has collected data on about 40,000 student-athletes and cadets from 30 colleges and military service academies, including more than 3,300 who had a concussion.
For about four years now, the academy has done a baseline assessment of cadets that looks at their balance, reaction time, and memory recall. That's been key in informing the care that comes when a cadet sustains a concussion, said Cmdr. Carlos Estevez, the primary investigator at the academy for the study.
"If you don't have a baseline, you don't have anything to compare it to," Estevez said during an interview last week. "Having that baseline assessment is key."
That afternoon he was going to be examining a male cadet who had had a concussion, putting him through the cognitive assessment again to see where or whether changes occurred, and thus where to focus the care.
The academy has an established concussion protocol from what happens to an athlete on sidelines to returning to play, but that could differ from what's in place at the University of Connecticut or Connecticut College, Estevez said, explaining he'd like to see standardized concussion care established across the board.
The study has already contributed to research such as the short-term impact of the age someone is when they first get a concussion and how sleep impacts concussion recovery. Given the large sample size, researchers have been able to conduct initial analyses and findings, which are publicly available.
The NCAA is providing $12.5 million in funding over two years, and the Pentagon approved a two-year grant of nearly $10 million for the second stage of research, which will follow cadets and student-athletes for up to four years after graduation. In addition to ongoing cognitive assessments, participants' psychological health will be tracked to determine what role, if any, concussions and repetitive head impacts may have on depression, anxiety and emotional control.
©2019 The Day (New London, Conn.). Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
Once again, the United States and the Taliban are apparently close to striking a peace deal. Such a peace agreement has been rumored to be in the works longer than the latest "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" sequel. (The difference is Keanu Reeves has fewer f**ks to give than U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.)
Both sides appeared to be close to reaching an agreement in September until the Taliban took credit for an attack that killed Army Sgt. 1st Class Elis A. Barreto Ortiz, of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. That prompted President Donald Trump to angrily cancel a planned summit with the Taliban that had been scheduled to take place at Camp David, Maryland, on Sept. 8.
Now Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has told a Pakistani newspaper that he is "optimistic" that the Taliban could reach an agreement with U.S. negotiators by the end of January.
75 years ago, Audie Murphy earned his Medal of Honor with nothing but a burning tank destroyer's .50 cal and insane bravery
Editor's note: a version of this post first appeared in 2018
On January 26, 1945, the most decorated U.S. service member of World War II earned his legacy in a fiery fashion.
Florida senators are pushing for Purple Hearts for service members wounded in the NAS Pensacola shooting
Florida's two senators are pushing the Defense Department to award Purple Hearts to the U.S. service members wounded in the December shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The Navy Department is in the middle of a new force-structure review, which could change the number and types of ships the sea services say they'll need to fight future conflicts. But instead of trying to project what they will need three decades out, which has been the case in past assessments, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the services will take a shorter view.
"I don't know what the threat's going to be 30 years from now, but if we're building a force structure for 30 years from now, I would suggest we're probably not building the right one," he said Friday at a National Defense Industrial Association event.
The Navy completed its last force-structure assessment in 2016. That 30-year plan called for a 355-ship fleet.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The police officer killed during a traffic stop in Newport News on Thursday night was a well-liked young officer who just graduated from the police academy seven months ago, Police Chief Steve Drew said at a somber news conference Friday.