The Marshall Sports Medicine Institute is committed to advancing clinical research in orthopedic sports medicine related to risk factors, screening, prevention and/or treatment of sports-related injuries for athletes of all ages. Our staff of orthopedic surgeons and physicians, radiologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and others work collaboratively, incorporating their extensive patient and clinical care experience into conducting research. Evaluating clinic- and patient-centered data enables us to continuously monitor the effectiveness of treatment techniques and refine them as needed.
The MSMI is evaluating the effectiveness of the ImPACT test versus the C3 Logix system, which combines neurocognitive exams with balance and vision tests, potentially providing a more comprehensive assessment. According to Tom Belmaggio, MS, ATC, CSCS, who oversees concussion testing and research at the MSMI, "The technology has changed drastically in the last 10 years and continues to change. When we find equipment, technology or techniques that can better identify the after-effects of a concussion, reduce concussion symptoms or stop concussions from happening in the first place, we update our methods immediately to help our athletes."
The West Virginia Research Trust Fund, also known as the Bucks for Brains program, was created by the West Virginia Legislature in 2008 to stimulate both world-class research at the state's leading research universities and the related benefits of high-tech industries. Over the past five years, Marshall University has been able to tap into the trust fund to double private gifts that support targeted research initiatives linked to economic development, health care and job growth. Gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar by the state.
Since its inception, the trust fund has had a dramatic effect at Marshall University. To date, $15 million in private gifts from 170 donors has been combined with proceeds from the trust fund to create 16 new research endowments at Marshall—for a total benefit to the university of $30 million!
So far, these endowments have increased Marshall's overall endowment by more than 15 percent, and the funds will continue to support critical, productive and economically beneficial research long into the future. The program also has helped catalyze public and private support for a number of new research facilities at Marshall, including an applied engineering complex, translational genomics research institute, sports medicine translational research center, and schools of pharmacy and physical therapy.