About the study:

The University of South Australia is seeking volunteers to participate in a study investigating the effects of concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, on reflexes and movement.

What is involved:

Participants will be required to complete a short online survey to establish eligibility for the study.  If eligible, they will then be required to attend UniSA’s City East campus for a single session of testing, which is estimated to take around 2 hours.  During the testing session, three different tasks will occur.  Two will investigate reflexive muscular activation following an electrical pulse, and the third experiment will involve movements whilst wearing a virtual reality headset.

Eligibility requirements:

Three different groups are being recruited:

  • The first group is adults (aged 18 and over) who have had a concussion (or mild traumatic brain injury) at least 3 months previously and have persisting symptoms from this time.
  • The second group will be adults (aged 18 and over) who have had a concussion in the past 7 days
  • The third group will be adults (aged 18 and over) who have had no concussion or head injury, or symptoms related to an old concussion/head injury, for at least 12 months.

A short online survey will then be used to confirm eligibility.  This survey will ask questions about current and historic head injuries, as well as general health, and will have a section at the end to leave your contact details so the research team can contact you about participating.  The survey can be found at: https://research.unisa.edu.au/redcap/surveys/?s=KYCLYTYEFPRJXHAL

Upon completion of the three experiments participants will be provided with a $40 gift card.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics Protocol 204205)


For further information please contact the Clinical Trials Facility at unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or (08) 8302 1365, or investigator Michael Henry at michael.henry@mymail.unisa.edu.au