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Professor, team coordinate to study concussion effects

The Purdue women’s soccer team has teamed up with a trio of professors to better understand and hopefully prevent the prevalence of concussions in the sport.

Professors Eric Nauman, Tom Talavage and Larry Leverenz are in their sixth year of a collaborative study as the Purdue Neurotrauma Group.

 According to Nauman, the group’s biomechanics expert, the initial plan was to study soldiers and combat-related injuries, but the difficulty of obtaining subjects led them to turn to local athletes. The team is studying data from the Lafayette Jefferson High School football team for their sixth season, as well as the high school’s women’s soccer team. This is the Purdue football and women’s soccer teams’ first season partaking in the study.