NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: CARE Consortium- Cumulative and persistent intermediate effects of concussion and head impact exposure in CARE Consortium Military Service Academy members and NCAA athletes: Saliva Collection Protocol


The purpose of this study is to address important public health questions surrounding the intermediate cumulative (alterations over a collegiate career) and persistent (ongoing signs/symptoms up to four years following collegiate graduation) effects of concussion and/or repetitive head impact exposure on neurological health in NCAA student-athletes. One way to examine these health questions is to study DNA from individuals who have sustained a concussion and others who have not.


  • You will be asked to provide your contact information and demographic information (gender and year of birth)
  • A saliva kit will be provided. Study staff will help collect the saliva sample and they will mail it to Indiana University Genetics Biobank (IUGB)
  • After receiving your saliva sample at the IUGB, your future contact from IUGB will be limited. You may be contacted later by the CARE Consortium in the event your sample is insufficient or as other questions about your sample or data arise.


  • Available only to CARE Consortium Clinical Study Core (CSC) study participants, e.g., a varsity athlete in an NCAA-recognized sport, cheerleader, and/or service academy cadet

For questions about this study, please contact Kelli Agrawal:


18 and under
18 to 65



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



Concussion, Concussion - what to ask your doctor - adult, Concussion - what to ask your doctor - child, Neurology

Principal Investigator

James Clugston, MD



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