Research

Athletes For Care is committed to expanding research efforts that have a direct impact on the quality of life for athletes, before, during and after competing in sports.

Areas of research interest include:

Equipment:

Many high impact sports could benefit from technological advances in athletic equipment. Additional research in this area could greatly benefit participants of all ages, from youth sports up to the professional level. While we can’t remove the violence in certain sports, we can do our part to better protect the athletes who perform in them.

Concussions:

There is an alarming rate of concussions occurring in all levels of competitive sports.  Recent research suggests that repeated sports-related concussions can lead to long-term brain damage.  An estimated 300,000 sport-related traumatic brain injuries, predominantly concussions, occur annually in the United States1.  Athletes For Care is committed to advancing research efforts that confront this epidemic within the sports community.

Cannabis As a Treatment Option:

There are a number of research institutes exploring how cannabinoids in the cannabis plant can treat a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Athletes For Care will seek out opportunities for its members to participate in these historic studies to help research institutes collect data that would inform policy consistent with the organization’s objectives.

One such institute Athletes For Care will partner with is The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University, the nation’s only comprehensive academic resource for medicinal cannabis education, research, and business practice.  The Lambert Center is investigating the potential use of cannabinoid therapy in a number of areas of interest to our membership, including concussion, chronic traumatic enecephalopathy, and chronic pain.  A4C intends to help raise awareness and provide funding for such studies.

A4C Research Links

 

Check back soon for updates on our research efforts.