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Maryland Professors Receive Grant to Study Impact of Recovery Drink on Mild TBI in Youth Athletes

Dr. Jae Kun Shim and Dr. Ross Miller from the University of Maryland School of Public Health have received a Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) award to study the effects of a post-workout recovery drink on concussions in young athletes.

Brain injuries have become a serious problem in youth and college sports. Mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), also known as a concussion, is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that results in negative consequences to brain function— specifically, in cognition and movement control by the brain.

Co-principal investigators Drs. Shim and Miller, both in the department of kinesiology, will lead the study “Muscle Recovery with 5th Quarter Fresh” with co-investigators Dr. Hyun Joon Kwon, Kinesiology, and Dr. David Klossner, associate director of the athletics at UMD. It aims to determine if the high-protein, fat-free chocolate milk drink can improve the negative consequences of cognition and movement control from mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in youth and college athletes. Data will be collected and analyzed in a collaborative effort involving the University of Maryland and Washington County, Maryland Public Schools.

The MIPS program’s goals are to promote the commercialization of advanced technology through university-industry partnership, and to strengthen the economy of the state of Maryland.

Dr. Jae K. Shim’s research program also focuses on the biomechanics and motor control of hand and digits and lower extremity amputee locomotion as well as their applications to medicine, rehabilitation, and ergonomics.