Neurodevelopmental Effects of Youth Tackle Football

Official Title
Understanding the Neurodevelopmental Effects of Youth Tackle Football Participation
Purpose

In this study we are aiming to identify risk factors for higher exposure to football-related neurotrauma in youth tackle football players and to determine the effects of football-related neurotrauma exposure on neurodevelopment in children with no previous tackle football participation.

For this specific posting, we are looking for boys ages 8-12 who are non-athletes or athletes who play non-contact sports to serve as control subjects for our fMRI study. 

Could this study be right for you?

We are looking for boys ages 8-12 who are either non-athletes or do not participate in any contact sports

  • Boys must have no metal implanted in the body
  • Have no prior history of head trauma
  • Have no serious health or mental health diagnoses
  • Must not have a fear of enclosed spaces
Age Range
8 - 12 years

A Study about Retirement from Contact Sports after Concussion

Official Title
Retirement from contact sports after concussion
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to learn about the experiences of children and young adults after they stop playing contact sports due to concussion.

Could this study be right for you?
  • Male and females aged 14-22 years old
  • Retired from contact sports due to prior concussion

Additionally, a parent may participate if their child enrolls. 

Age Range
14 - 22 years

Buckeye Concussion Knowledge Survey (BUCKS)

Official Title
BUckeye Concussion Knowledge Survey (BUCKS)
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine health outcomes in former Ohio State University athletes who played a varsity sport during their time at OSU. The objective is to determine whether athletes who sustained a concussion have different health outcomes than those who did not sustain a concussion. Any former OSU varsity athlete can participate in a 20-minute online survey.

Could this study be right for you?
  • Anyone who has played a varsity sport as an undergraduate student at OSU, and they have now graduated (i.e., OSU athlete alumni). There are no other restrictions in terms of age, sex/gender, type of sport, etc.
Age Range
18 years and up

A Study about Retirement from Contact Sports after Concussion

Official Title
Retirement from Contact Sports after Concussion
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of children and young adults after medical retirement from contact sports due to concussion(s).

Participants and their parent(s) will complete online questionnaires (about 10 minutes) at the time of enrollment. You will then be scheduled for an interview (about 30 minutes) by video meeting or phone.

Could this study be right for you?
  • Children and young adults who have retired from contact sports or other high-risk activities (i.e. dirt bike riding, downhill skiing...) due to prior concussion.  
  • Parents may participate if their child enrolls.
Age Range
14 - 22 years

A Study about Eye Teaming, Focusing Ability and Quality of Life

Official Title
Development of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Children with Concussion-Related and Non-Concussion-Related Non-Strabismic Binocular Vision, Accommodative and Visual Tracking Problems: Phase 1
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to assist in development of a new quality of life survey that can be used to learn more about how eye teaming, focusing ability and eye movement problems affect a child’s life.

Could this study be right for you?
  • Children experiencing eye teaming, focusing, and eye movement problems (with recent concussion or non-concussed)
  • Children with amblyopia (lazy eye) are excluded
Age Range
8 - 17 years

Respiratory Effects of E-Cigarettes

Official Title
Respiratory Effects of E-Cigarettes in Obese Youth
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to learn more about how vaping behaviors can affect lung function, symptoms during exercise and activity levels. 

You will attend five study visits at OSU (three in the beginning of the study and two after one year). Each visit lasts 1.5 – 4 hours. Study visits will include filling surveys, lung function testing, exercise testing, providing urine samples, and measuring how you vape.

 

Could this study be right for you?
  • Current e-cigarette user (daily vaping for at least the past 3 months)
  • 21-25 years old
  • Normal weight (BMI < 25) or obese (BMI >30)
  • Willing to attend 5 study visits to OSU over the course of 1 year
  • Willing to abstain from all tobacco and nicotine for at least 12 hours prior to lab sessions
  • No lung, heart, thyroid, or neuromuscular problems and no diabetes diagnosis
  • Staying within the Columbus/Central Ohio region for the next year
Age Range
21 - 25

Assessing Responses to Exercise in the Heat in Trained Women

Official Title
Assessing Responses to Exercise in the Heat in Trained Women
Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to conduct exercise in hot and neutral environments on women who are aerobically trained and resistance trained to characterize and compare responses across physiologic, perceptual, and neurocognitive domains. Our rationale for this investigation is that its completion would provide evidence as to how women of different fitness backgrounds respond to exercise in the heat and how that response is different from exercising in thermoneutral conditions to better describe how the female body tolerates exercise in the heat with implications for those in recreation, competitive sports, and occupation that expands to emergency and military services.

Could this study be right for you?

Aerobically Trained: having a measured aerobic capacity in the 80th percentile according to age

Resistance Trained: able to squat 120% and bench press 60% of their body weight.

Unacclimatized: participants had not been consistently exposed to hot conditions (i.e., sauna, hot yoga, etc.) in the past 2 months.

Age Range
18 - 35

A treatment study for chondral lesion in your knee

Official Title
Evaluation of the efficacy of radiofrequency-based debridement vs. mechanical debridement for the treatment of articular cartilage lesions.
Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate 2 different treatments, Mechanical Debridement (i.e., a mechanical shaver that removes areas of damaged tissue) and Radiofrequency Debridement (i.e., electrical energy that removes areas of damaged tissue), used to treat the chondral lesion in your knee.

Could this study be right for you?

You may be eligible for this study if you:
• Are 18 - 50 years of age
• Suspected chondral damage in the following locations where debridement is indicated:
o Medial femoral condyle
o Lateral femoral condyle
o Trochlea
o Patella
• 1 or more chondral lesion(s) as noted on MRI

Exclusion:
• Previous chondral treatment in the same compartment (prior debridement and lavage performed more than three months prior to baseline are acceptable)
• Pregnant and/or intending to become pregnant during this study period

Age Range
18 and up

A Study About Recovery After ACL Reconstruction (RARE)

Official Title
Disability after ACL Reconstruction: Development of an Alternative Model of Care
Purpose

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee can be injured and treated with an ACL reconstruction surgery. An ACL reconstruction may impact function, muscle strength, the way you move, and knee joint health. However, outcomes at 2 years after ACL reconstructions in young persons are not well-understood. Findings from this study will provide information regarding the clinical, function, muscle strength, and movement patterns after ACL injury and reconstruction to help inform physicians and physical therapists who work with these patients.

Could this study be right for you?

You may be eligible if:

1. You are between the ages of 16-35 years old
2. 2 years (+/- 8 months) status post ACL Reconstruction
3. Regularly participated in physical activity prior to their ACL injury

Age Range
16 and up

A Treatment Study for Damaged Knee Cartilage Requiring Repair-- Hyalofast with BMAC

Official Title
A prospective, randomized, active treatment-controlled, evaluator-blinded (radiologist reviewer and physician evaluator) multicenter study to establish the superiority of a hyaluronan-based scaffold (Hyalofast®) with autologous bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) in the treatment of articular knee cartilage defect lesions in comparison to control (microfracture treatment)
Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate an investigational procedure for treatment of damage to the cartilage in your knee, also called a defect or lesion, which requires repair. If eligible, you will receive one of two possible arthoscophy procedures. You may be assigned to receive the study procedure to implant Hyalofast® scaffold in your knee together with cells from your own bone marrow, called Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate, or BMAC. Bone marrow is the substance found inside your bones that among other things helps to make blood cells. The other possible procedure is called Microfracture and is one of the current standard of care options to treat your condition.

Could this study be right for you?

-Ages 18 to 60.
-Patient’s body mass index (BMI) is <35 kg/m2
-Patient has a symptomatic lesion of the femoral condyle (medial and/or lateral) or femoral trochlea that is between 1--6 cm2 on screening images confirmed by the independent radiologist
-Patient is using only nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or acetaminophen/paracetamol during the month before signing the informed consent form to treat knee pain
-Patient is willing to use other pain medication rather than NSAIDS for 6 months post-surgery (e.g. acetaminophen, or narcotic analgesics, if prescribed). Post-surgical use of aspirin for clot prevention is acceptable.
-Patient is willing to restrict pain medication after 6 months post-surgery to NSAIDs or acetaminophen/paracetamol only through the end of the trial
-No history of previous microfracture or other cartilage repair procedure on study knee
-Not currently pregnant or expecting to become pregnant in the next 12 months
-No diagnosis of advanced osteoarthritis

Age Range
18 and up