Concussions are a hot topic from Hollywood to the NFL to the NCAA. Most of the discussion has centered around diagnosing concussions and then the protocols to follow after diagnosis. But Dr. Talavage and Dr. Nauman are looking at the deeper questions: How can we make the games that involve concussions safer? What really happens to the brains of players who are competing at these sports–including the brains of players who are never diagnosed with concussions? You won’t want to miss where their research has taken them. Along with Coach Terry Peebles, who is putting into practice some of what the Purdue studies have revealed, our guests have answers to some of the most vexing questions when it comes to concussions. What needs to change? And are these changes possible? We’re Going Deep on Concussions!
Special Guests: Tom Talavage and Eric Nauman, Purdue Professors and Investigators in the Purdue Neurotrauma Group, and Terry Peebles, Head Football Coach at William Henry Harrison High School
Thomas Talavage is a Professor in the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. He is the Founding Co-Director of the Purdue MRI Facility, and is one of the co-Principal Investigators in the Purdue Neurotrauma Group. Eric Nauman is the Director of the College of Engineering Honors Program, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Basic Medical Sciences.
Eric is one of the co-Principal Investigators in the Purdue Neurotrauma Group. Work by Professors Talavage and Nauman and the Purdue Neurotrauma Group serves as the seminal demonstration of the consequences of repetitive head trauma in athletes who are generally classified as asymptomatic.