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

fluence on an athlete's ability to maintain balance during a commonly performed balance test. The test is called the "Modified BESS" and is used to determine the presence of a concussive injury.

Vertical leap is a simple method for assessing fast twitch muscle strength in the legs. The study is comparing each boxer's vertical leap during a baseline test on physical night with vertical leap measured post-bout.

The objective of the test is to assess in an objective manner the degree of lower leg muscle fatigue in post-bout boxers and correlate the degree of fatigue with declines in balance scores.

The study was designed and conducted by Jennifer Malcolm and Rebecca Myers, two physicians who are sports medicine fellows at Notre Dame this year.

Other key participants in the research are Kevin McAward, a University physician, Ruth Ann Heberle, director of Medical Services Outreach, and Nathan Walker of Rec Sports.

The medical care and safety program for the Bengal Bouts has been refined over the years to an unparalleled level. The current concussion research will provide a treasure trove of research findings that will further enhance the care and safety of boxers fighting global poverty as well as athletes in all sports.


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Contact: James Moriarity
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574-631-7497
University of Notre Dame
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