Sports and Health Research Program: Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research

Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research is a component of the Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) that funds pilot projects for research on sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) research. Sports-related TBI is a major public health concern, and additional evidence is needed to support diagnostic tools and consensus treatment guidelines for return to play and other activities. In addition, risk factors for poor outcomes are unknown. Sports-related SCI, although less common, can lead to catastrophic, life-long disability and further research is also warranted to minimize risk and improve outcomes. Six pilot projects are conducting research on a wide range of research topics, including: mechanical and biological mechanisms of injury and recovery; development of diagnostics and biomarkers; and interventions for minimizing injury and improving outcomes.

The Sports and Health Research Program is funded by a donation from the National Football League. The pilot projects are supported through grants from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS); National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Read about the Sports and Health Research Program: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury Project.

Read the NIH RFA announcements at Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury (R21) and Pilot Projects on Sports-Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injury (R03).

Goals

  • Conduct research on a wide range of research topics, including: mechanical and biological mechanisms of injury and recovery; development of diagnostics and biomarkers; and interventions for minimizing injury and improving outcomes.
  • Gather additional evidence needed to support diagnostic tools and consensus treatment guidelines for return to play and other activities, and to identify risk factors for poor outcomes.

Results & Accomplishments

Media

NIH News Release (Sept. 5, 2012): The National Football League Commits $30 Million Donation to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to Support Medical Research

Partners

National Football League (NFL)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Contacts

Development Office, development@fnih.org