To understand the heterogeneity of concussion
, we are investigating the following three questions:
- Why are some people more resilient to injury than others?
- Why do some people recover completely while others do not?
- How can we intervene to prevent injury and promote recovery?
Asked another way, these questions examine how the state of the brain before injury, or preconditioning
, predict concussion risk and the likelihood of full recovery. Preconditioning can take two forms – some factors may increase susceptibility to injury while others may decrease vulnerability.