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Notre Dame's Bengal Bouts participants aid in concussion research
Date:3/2/2012

The University of Notre Dame's annual Bengal Bouts student boxing tournament's longtime mantra is "Strong Bodies Fight that Weak Bodies May Be Nourished."

The unusual mantra is fitting for an unusual competition whose ticket sales proceeds benefit Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh, part of the ministry of the Congregation for the Holy Cross, Notre Dame's founding religious community.

However, this year a large number of Bengal Bouts boxers are going even further to do good by volunteering to participate in post-bout concussion testing.

James Moriarty, the University's chief sports medicine physician, notes that boxers are being asked to undergo groundbreaking post-bout concussion testing. His experience with previous years' tournaments and with the Baraka Bouts Women's tournament last fall, suggested that boxers had experienced concussive head injury that was not uncovered during the current recommend clinical testing for concussions. In order to insure the continued safety and longevity of the 82-year-old Notre Dame tradition, the physician developed an innovative concussion testing study which has a number of components.

One aspect of the research study revolves around X2 Impact concussion mouth guards and headbands. X2 Impact is a company that produces and researches devices that measure acceleration and rotation in the head during impact. The mouth guards are custom-molded and the headbands fit under the boxing helmets. The devices use nanotechnology accelerometers and gyroscopes to measure and transmit linear and rotational directional g-forces data via cloud computing. From this data, Moriarity and his research team can determine how much force is transmitted to the head with a punch.

Another study component involves the pioneering Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research of Mayland Chang, a researcher in Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Chang points out that an important factor in the pathology of brain i
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Contact: James Moriarity
James.D.Moriarity.1@nd.edu
574-631-7497
University of Notre Dame
Source:Eurekalert

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