TCU football helping break new ground in research on concussion treatment, prevention

TCU football participated in a major study that could represent a significant step forward in treating concussions and head trauma.

According to TCU Magazine’s Lisa Martin, researchers at TCU studied the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on head trauma in the school’s football players, and the results were promising.

In 2014, TCU football players took daily doses of an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from summer conditioning through the entire season. The study found that players who took higher doses saw smaller increases in a biomarker that often indicates head trauma. Players also said that they felt like they recovered more quickly when they did get hurt because of the supplements.

That means that DHA may help lower the risk of concussions, and it may help treat players who suffer head trauma.

TCU assistant professor of kinesiology Jonathan Oliver organized the study, and he said the coaches and players were all on board to participate.

“[Gary Patterson] and the players had a sense that what we might learn with their help could have the potential to impact future athletes,” Oliver said.

Concussions remain one of the most difficult injuries to treat in sports. They can be difficult to diagnose because an athlete may not immediately demonstrate symptoms. Recovery times vary. Many players’ careers have ended as a result of head trauma, and many former football players deal with the effects of CTE, a degenerative brain disease, later in life because of concussions.

The research at TCU could be a promising sign for how to help treat head injuries in the future. Oliver’s findings will be published in multiple medical journals this year.

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