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Recognized as a leading researcher in the area of youth sports concussion Baltimore (August 24, 2012 ) - MedStar Health Research Institute investigator, Andrew Lincoln, ScD, MS, director of the Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, has been selected by The Daily Record as a2012 “Innovator of the Year” for his groundbreaking research on youth sports concussion. Focused on the detection, treatment and prevention of concussion, Dr. Lincoln’s innovative research exemplifies his commitment to the advancement of sports safety for young athletes.
Dr. Lincoln’s study, “Trends in concussion incidence in high school sports: a prospective 11-year study,” demonstrates a 15-percent annual increase in rates of youth sports concussion over an 11-year period from 1997 to 2008. The results also found female athletes to be at a significant risk for concussion. Although football was found to have the highest rate, girl’s concussion rates were found to be twice as high as boys’ in soccer, basketball and softball/baseball – sports played by both genders.
Dr. Lincoln and MedStar Health were cited by The Daily Record for providing an example of how to apply innovative, forward-thinking research “into the real world.” MedStar Health, through the MedStar Sports Medicine Concussion Program, has formed a five-year partnership with the Baltimore Ravens Foundation to educate coaches, athletic trainers, athletes and parents involved in youth sports about the dangers, signs and symptoms of concussion.
The Sports Concussion Program also offers baseline (before play) and post-concussion computer-based testing as part of a state-of-the-art concussion and management plan. The Program features a referral service and 24/7 concussion hotline with direct access to athletic trainers.
“I'm thrilled to have our team recognized for the program we've put together and hope that this will further heighten awareness about the issue of youth sports concussion,” states Dr. Lincoln. “I’m proud to be part of an organization like MedStar that is so committed to applying the knowledge we learn through research to directly benefit those we serve in the community. It shows what can be accomplished when all the parts come together – research, education and clinical care.”
Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record, praised Dr. Lincoln and the MedStar Sports Medicine program for this demonstration of research in action. “The Daily Record’s ‘Innovators of the Year’ have imagination and vision, the ability to see a need and fill it, and the courage to make change happen. We applaud Dr. Lincoln and MedStar for embodying that innovative spirit.”
Click here to learn more about The Daily Record’s “Innovator of the Year” awards. For more information about Dr. Lincoln or the Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial, click here.
About the Orthopedic & Sports Health Research Division at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
The Orthopedic & Sports Health Research Division at MedStar Union Memorial enhances patient outcomes and improves sports safety by performing innovative research in orthopedics and sports medicine. Our highly trained professional staff conduct clinical research in the areas of injury prevention and control, injury epidemiology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and kinesiology for the purpose of improving physical performance, reducing the risk of injury in sports/exercise, clinical drug trials and sports equipment evaluation.
About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC regions. MHRI’s associates and investigators provide scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the nine MedStar hospitals and 20 other MedStar Health entities.
About The Daily Record
The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year Awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit — for creating new products, new programs, new services or new processes that have helped their companies, industries or communities.
This year, The Daily Record received 62 nominations, which are solicited from The Daily Record’s readers, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and the business community at large. Nominees were then asked to complete an application that explains their innovation and the impact it has made on Maryland. A distinguished panel of judges reviewed the applications and selected 19 winners to be recognized as 2012 Innovators of the Year.