Researchers aiming to study the effect of aerobic exercise on concussion recovery have received the AMSSM CRN $300,000 Multi-Site Research Grant, announces the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and its Collaborative Research Network (CRN).

The grant is awarded to support quality, multi-site research to address key priority areas within the field of sports medicine.

John Leddy, MD, Christina Master, MD and William Meehan III, MD will serve as co-principal investigators for their research project titled “Sub-symptom aerobic exercise therapy to improve recovery from acute sport-related concussion: A randomized controlled trial,” according to a media release from AMSSM.

Their study will determine if sub-symptom threshold aerobic exercise within 1 week of a sports-related concussion speeds recovery in adolescents compared with rest/education. The study will also determine if the degree of early exercise intolerance is associated with time to recovery and the incidence of prolonged post-concussive symptoms.

“We are profoundly grateful to the AMSSM CRN Scientific Committee for honoring our group with its first grant award,” says Leddy, in the release. “Our goal is to advance the science of concussion treatment for clinicians and to develop a multi-center working group that will be competitive for NIH and major foundation funding for years to come.”

The researchers will work closely with the CRN Leadership team on this project over the next 2 years, and the results will be shared with AMSSM members ones it becomes available.

The grant was funded by AMSSM and the AMSSM Foundation, and was open to all AMSSM members, who were encouraged to connect with collaborators both within and outside of AMSSM, per the release.

[Source(s): American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Newswise]