Seattle United To Be Part Of Concussion Research Study

Seattle United To Be Part Of Concussion Research Study

Dear Seattle United Parents:

Seattle United is pleased to partner with Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington Sports Health and Safety Institute on a research study to better understand the short and long-term effect of concussion in youth athletes and how we might best prevent and manage these injuries.  The Seattle United Medical Advisory Committee has reviewed and supports this plan.

This research study is seeking to enroll youth soccer players and follow them over time to better understand risk factors related to concussion and subsequent injuries.  We believe the study will provide important insights to help address many questions parents have regarding concussion.

If you join the study, you and your child would complete a baseline survey online and a follow-up survey in 6 months.  If your child has a concussion during the season, you will receive a call from the study research assistant after the injury and several, short electronic surveys in the 6 months after the injury.  The phone call and surveys ask questions about your child’s recovery.

Because concussions are relatively rare events, we anticipate most participants will only complete the baseline and follow-up surveys.  The parent baseline survey takes less than 30 minutes to complete.  The child baseline and follow-up surveys take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Participation in research is always voluntary. In the next few days, you will be sent an email from the research team.  The email will contain a link to the study consent forms and survey.  The email will also contain instructions on how to proceed if you do not wish to participate, or if you do not wish to be contacted further about the study.

We hope that you will participate in this study. We feel this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn more about how to best care for our players.  Thank you for considering the study.

Sincerely yours,

Kevin Long, Executive Director

Jimmy McAlister, Director of Soccer