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 people 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 people who have had a concussion in the past 7 days
  • The third group will be people 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)

Contact:

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