Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium
Concussion, also known as a mild traumatic brain injury or mTBI, is a fundamental concern facing military personnel, the sports medicine community, and society at large. Sport-related concussion (SRC) is recognized as a major public health issue worldwide, with increasing focus and concern among clinicians, researchers, athletic organizations and athletes themselves. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have led the way in advancing the science of sport-related concussion for more than 20 years, supporting discoveries that have had a major influence on domestic and international guidelines for best practice in the evaluation, management and prevention of concussion.
In keeping with the identified priorities of the NCAA and DoD, which emphasize a collaborative team approach and broad representation of NCAA member institutions, the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium was established to serve as the scientific and operational framework for the NCAA-DoD public-private partnership known as the Grand Alliance.
Led by IU School of Medicine in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Wisconsin, the CARE Consortium involves student athletes and cadets from 30 universities and military service academies from across the U.S. to facilitate a deeper understanding of concussion injuries and the development of education programs designed to change the culture of concussion reporting and management. This three-year, $30 million study marks the most comprehensive investigation of sport-related concussion research conducted to date.
What is the CARE Consortium?
The NCAA and Department of Defense have created a new initiative, led by Indiana University School of Medicine in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the Medical College of Wisconsin, to support leading edge research into concussions and their effects on the brain.
CARE Consortium Leadership
Paul Pasquina, MD
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
"The work and research of the CARE Consortium will make a lasting impact on sports medicine and on how we approach, diagnose, treat and prevent concussions. By leveraging multiple sites, sports and athletes on a nationwide scale, we can collect convincing data to change the way the public views and understands brain injury."
-Thomas McAllister, MD