Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering - (Ph.D.)
Bryan J. Pfister
Repetitive mTBI and concussion are a major risk factor for developing long-term cognitive and behavioral impairments. Curiously, cumulative head injuries sustained over an individuals’ career, involving contact activities (e.g. athletes and military personnel), are beginning to be implicated in long-term consequences, such as dementia. Recently, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has gained momentum in the science and medical community as a neurodegenerative disease of repetitive head injuries. CTE was observed at autopsy of former athletes that did not closely correlate with a clinical history of concussion. Thus, suggesting cumulative subconcussive insults may induce long-term damage.
Long, Todd, "Modeling subconcussive and cumulative subconcussive impacts using a lateral fluid percusion injury device" (2017). Dissertations. 53.