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Mission of Elon BrainCARE:

For the past 8 years, the focus of Elon BrainCARE has been on elevating the quality of the mentored undergraduate research experience through concussion research and education as a result of an ongoing partnership with athletics. Elon BrainCARE has organized an annual symposiums, published peer-reviewed articles, presented at national and international organizations, and submitted multiple grants to external agencies. This work is a result of collaborations with students, staff, and faculty at Elon as well as University of Delaware, University of North-Carolina (Chapel Hill and Greensboro) and Harvard. Through this growth the aims have now expanded.

The purpose of the new Elon BrainCARE Research Institute is to help students and student-athletes thrive. Our mission is two-fold: 1) help create a supportive environment for students and student-athletes to become educated concerning the potential impact of concussions through evidence based practices and research; and 2) to create health promoting environments that support resilience and positive mental wellness.


Elon Collaborators

External Collaborators

Sports Medicine Collaborators

Past Collaborators

  • Dr. Kenneth Barnes, Alamance-Burlington Schools
  • Dr. Paul Miller, Exercise Science
  • Dr. Wally Bixby, Exercise Science
  • Dr. Joseph Devaney,  Children's National Medical Center

Current Student Research Assistants

  • Corinne Kenny '18 (SURE '17)
  • Ian Heaton '18 (SURE '17)
  • Caroline Kelly '18
  • Brigid Brennan '18 - Student-Athlete, Track and Field
  • Katie Arbogast '19 - Student-Athlete, Track and Field
  • Chris Riegnar '19
  • Taylor Guth '20 (intern from University of Notre Dame)
  • Andrew Perciaccante '22 (intern from Sanderson High School)

Elon BrainCARE Research Assistants Alum

  • David Lawton '10 (DPT Student, Duke University)
  • Drew Gardner '12 (Medical Student ECU Brody School of Medicine); Student-Athlete, Soccer
  • Mark Sundman '12 (Research Fellow, Duke University)
  • Kelsey Evans '13 (MS Exercise Science, accepted to Medical School Aug 2016); Student-Athlete, Basketball
  • Jack Halligan '14 (Tulane University Medical School)
  • Graham Cochrane '15 (MD/PhD student, University of Alabama)
  • Jordan Cottle '15 (MS Exercise Science, Wake Forest University
  • Emily Messerschmidt '15 (DPT student, Elon University
  • Kara Soler-Sala '15 (BSN student, Mass General Hospital)
  • Kayla Harvey '16 (MS student, University of Florida)
  • Julianne Beck '16
  • Kelsey Warren '16
  • Logan Standard '16
  • Sarah Kaye '17 (Intern from Dickinson College)
  • Lauren Brown '17 (MS Student, University of Georgia) - Student-Athlete, Basketball
  • Briana O'Grady '17 (DPT student, Univeristy of Rhode Island) - Student-Athlete, Track and Field
  • Jeanine Grabowski '17 (SURE '16)
  • Olise Obi '17 (Elon-Alamance Health Partner)
  • Danny Lynch '17
  • Bryce Kryzenski '17 (OT student, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
  • Rachel Hallman '17

Products of Elon BrainCARE

Edited Book

  • Hall E.E., Ketcham C.J. (Eds.) (2017). Concussion in Athletics: Assessment, Management and Emerging Issues: Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.


  • Ketcham C.J., Bowie M, Buckley T.A., Baker M., Patel K., Hall E.E. (in press, April 2017) The value of speech-language pathologists in concussion management. Current Research: Concussion.
  • Harvey K.P., Hall E.E., Patel K., Barnes K.P., Ketcham C.J. (in press, March 2017) Potential factors influencing recovery from concussion in collegiate student-athletes. Journal of Concussion.
  • Cochrane G.D., Sundman M., Hall E.E., Kostek M.C., Patel K. Barnes K.P., Ketcham C.J. (in press, March 2017) Genetics Have Influence on Neurocognitive Performance at Baseline but not Concussion History in Collegiate Student- Athletes.  Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Howell D.R., Oldham J.R., DiFabio M., Vallabhajosula S., Hall E.E., Ketcham C.J., Meehan M.P., Buckley T.A. (2017). Single-task and dual-task gait performance values in healthy collegiate athletes: implications for concussion management. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 33(1), 24-31. doi: 10.1123/jab.2015-0323.
  • Cottle J.E., Hall E.E., Patel K., Barnes K.P., Ketcham C.J. (2016). Concussion baseline testing: pre-existing factors, symptoms, and neurocognitive performance. Journal of Athletic Training. 52(2), 77-81. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.12.21
  • Buckley T.A., Vallabhajosula S., Oldham J., Munkasy B.A., Evans K.M., Krazeise D.A., Ketcham C.J., Hall E.E (2016) Evidence of a conservative gait strategy in athletes with a history of concussions. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 5, 417-423. doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2015.03.010Buckley, T.A., Johns, K.E., Hillis, C.J., Kelly, K.C., & Hall, E.E. (2015).  The role of the certified athletic trainer/therapist in concussion management.  Current Research: Concussion, 2 (2): 59-60.
  • Hall, E.E., Ketcham, C.J., Crenshaw, C., Baker, M., McConnell, J., & Patel, K. (2015). Concussion management in collegiate student-athletes: Return-to-academics recommendations. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 25, 291-296. PMID: 25010153
  • Evans, K.M., Ketcham, C.J., Folger, S., Vallabhajosula, S., & Hall, E.E. (2015). Relationship between information processing and postural stability in collegiate division I NCAA athletes: Does concussion history matter? International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 3, 2.
  • Ketcham, C.J., Hall, E.E., Bixby, W.R., Vallabhajosula, S., Folger, S.E., Kostek, M.C., Miller, P.C., Barnes, K.P., & Patel, K. (2014). A neuroscientific approach to the examination of concussions in student-athletes. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 8, 94. doi: 10.3791/52046
  • Sundman, M.H., Hall, E.E., Chen, N. (2014). Examining the relationship between head trauma and neurodegenerative disease: A review of epidemiology, pathology and neuroimaging techniques. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsonism, 4, 1. doi:10.4172/2161-0460.1000137

External Research Grants (received)

  • “The Elon Concussion Project:  The influence of Concussion History and Genetic Markers on Cognitive Performance in College Students-Athletes.” Funded $16,060 from American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Co-investigators: Drs. Ken Barnes, Walter Bixby, Eric Hall Paul Miller and Stephen Folger.  February 2012.
  • “Influence of concussion history on cognitive performance in college student-athletes: A cross-sectional and longitudinal examination.” Funded $16,995 from American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Co-investigators: Drs. Ken Barnes, Walter Bixby, Eric Hall, Paul Miller and Stephen Folger.  January 2011.
  • “Optimizing evidence-based strategies to increase sport-related concussion reporting by collegiate student-athletes’. Funded $400,000 from NCAA Mind Matters Challenge. University of North Carolina Greensboro. Consultant: Drs. Eric Hall; Caroline Ketcham
  • “Management and treatment of sport-related concussion: Early multidimensional rehabilitation versus enhanced graded exercise” Funded by NFL. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Intervention Site: Elon Dr. Eric Hall and Dr. Caroline Ketcham

Symposiums (Eric Hall and Caroline Ketcham served as co-organizers)

  • 4th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (April, 2017), Elon Unversity, Elon, NC
  • 3rd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (February, 2016), Elon University, Elon, NC.
  • 2nd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (May, 2015), Elon University, Elon, NC.
  • 1st Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (April, 2014), Elon University, Elon, NC

Information for Athletes regarding Concussions