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Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director

BrainHealth Institute for Athletes

The Center for BrainHealth launched the BrainHealth Institute for Athletes, a research hub to comprehensively address brain health issues related to sports-related concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The goal of the Institute is to detect debilitating long-term cognitive and emotional disability in players while also expanding a program of comprehensive brain screening, longitudinal follow-up, and brain repair training that includes a unique focus on sports head injuries.

More than 20 years of brain injury study has led Center for BrainHealth researchers to develop a plan for athletes. The Center for BrainHealth employs an experienced team of multidisciplinary brain scientists and rehabilitation specialists with expertise in cognitive neuroscience, neurology, neuropsychology, biomedical engineering, and brain imaging to conduct vital research into repercussions caused by brain injuries and how they affect the remainder of a player’s life.

 

 

The BrainHealth Institute for Athletes will monitor brain changes to trigger timely treatments, build resilience, and maximize brain repair in order to mitigate the long-term effects of athletic concussions. Former Dallas Cowboys Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan, along with community leader James Francis, are chairing the crucial steering committee for the Institute to spearhead the program and open the discussion on concussions in order to meaningfully impact the lives of players like them.

“Having played 11 years in the NFL and taking countless hits, I’ve heard about the struggles of the players that came before me and the challenges regarding their quality of life.” said Daryl Johnston. “Through the BrainHealth Institute for Athletes, former players can find out if there is an issue. If you catch it early enough, there are things you can do to improve your condition. The brain is regenerative, and we can restore faculties that just a few years ago were thought to be lost forever.”

 

 

The assessment and treatment plan for retired players will include:

  • BrainHealth Physical: a benchmark of cognitive abilities—including attention, memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and speed of processing
  • MRI brain scans to document structural brain changes linked to injuries and changes associated with brain repair
  • Brain training to restore as much cognitive function as possible
  • Physical training to prevent cognitive decline and improve memory function in those with deficits
  • Remote monitoring to examine lasting effects of sports brain injury

If you would like to participate in the study, please contact Heather Conover, R.N., at heather.conover@utdallas.edu.

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