Biomechanical Basis of Concussion: Monitoring Head Impacts in Sports

Rick Greenwald Th'87, President, Simbex; Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering

Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:30pm

Spanos Auditorium

This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series.

Public awareness surrounding concussion in sports has increased dramatically in recent years, yet significant efforts to address concussion prevention are relatively new. Prevention strategies include education and rules changes aimed at reducing head impacts, and, where possible, improvements in protective equipment to limit head motions thought to be linked to brain injury. These efforts require, in part, an understanding of the biomechanics surrounding the injury and their association with clinical sequelae surrounding the diagnosis and management of concussions. A significant and ongoing research effort by multiple institutions, both independently and collaboratively, has been sustained over the past nine years to identify and quantify the Biomechanical Basis of Concussion.

About the Speaker

Rick Greenwald is President of Simbex, a technology commercialization engine, in Lebanon, NH, and Executive Director of the non-profit National Institute for Sports Science and Safety. He is Co-Director of the NIH funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT), a national rehabilitation infrastructure resource, Co-Director of the FDA funded New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC), and was Principal Investigator on a multi-year, multi-center NIH Bioengineering Research Partnership (BRP) studying the biomechanical basis of mild traumatic brain injury. He serves on the Council of Councils in the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on the National Advisory Council for Child Health and Human Development, and served a four-year term on the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH. Rick is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Engineering at Thayer School and a Research Affiliate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.