Image of LiFEsports student volunteering for a demo with "The Cave" shown by Greg Edwards, DPT.

Ohio State's Chronic Brain Injury Program is committed to outreach and educational activities that are critical to advance awareness of brain injury, and to enhance diversity and inclusion in neurotrauma research and clinical training. CBI partnered LiFEsports in the College of Social Work to provide a concussion and career education workshop in June 2022.

Since 2009, LiFEsports at Ohio State has grown to address the ever-changing needs of our community's young people through positive youth development. Their work aims to impact the lives of those who need it most by addressing the broad social conditions that young people face.

The LiFEsports Youth Leadership Academy strives to inspire young leaders while preparing them for college and careers. To meet this goal, they host an annual Career Day where local high school students explore career options from organizations around the Columbus community. CBI organized a half-day workshop to share information on brain injury and concussion, clinical careers in neuropsychology and rehabilitation, and technologies that aid research and care. CBI's faculty and staff who participated include:

  • Kelly McNally, PhD (Neuropsychologist and Co-Director of the Complex Concussion Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital) introduced students to health and social impacts of concussion, and the field of neuropsychology.
  • Greg Edwards, DPT (PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Mentor: Jaclyn Caccese, PhD) showed the students around the MOvES Lab and provided an interactive experience with their Bertec equipment – including their immersive virtual reality system consisting of a 4k wide-angle projector and a 180-degree spherical screen.
  • Alicia Kempton, DPT (Brain Injury/Concussion team lead for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation) took the group on a tour throughout the rehabilitation facilities at Martha Morehouse and guided the students through some patient evaluations commonly used by physical therapists.
  • Ginger Yang, PhD (Principal Investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy, Nationwide Children's Hospital), Robyn Feiss, PhD (Postdoc in Dr. Ginger Yang's Lab), and members of Asimina Kiourti, PhD's Wearable and Implantable Technologies (WIT) Lab led an interactive session that featured the demonstration of portable EEG and VR equipment used to measure brain activity and simulate the experience of concussion.