Project Brain Decode: Healthy and Recently Concussed Adolescent Athletes Needed for Concussion Research

Can athletic identity predict functional and mental health outcomes following concussion in adolescent athletes? 


Research Aim


The primary aim of PBD is to identify risk factors associated with persisting post-concussion symptoms in adolescent athletes. I am specifically interested in investigating if athletic identity (defined as: "the extent to which someone identifies with the athlete role and looks to others for confirmation of that role"), can predict functional recovery (i.e., time to return-to-play) and mood outcomes (i.e., depression and/or anxiety symptoms) following concussion. Findings from this research will be used to inform and establish evidence-based concussion management practices for athletes.


Who can participate? 


Both healthy athletes and athletes who have recently sustained a concussion (i.e., within the past 14 days) are eligible to participate. We are looking for both male and female athletes, ages 13 to 18 years old. Athletes must play at least one sport (individual or team) outside of school. A detailed eligibility checklist is provided on the study website.


How do athletes participate? 


PBD is unique in that all data will be collected online using a secure electronic data capture system known as REDCap. Athletes log on to complete their questionnaires whenever it is convenient for them.  Athletes interested in participating in this study should go to the main study website: Once there, click on "The Study" tab. Step-by-step instructions are provided.


What Is Involved? 


Athletes will be asked to provide information about their demographics (e.g., sex, age), medical history (e.g., history of concussion or familial psychiatric illness), athletic identity, motivation, resilience and coping skills/abilities. Athletes will also be asked to report on any depression, anxiety and concussion symptoms they are currently experiencing. Upon enrolment into the study, each athlete (both healthy and concussed) will complete a series of questionnaires; at this time point, questionnaires will take approximately 25-35 minutes to complete. Healthy athletes will submit questionnaires once. Recently concussed athletes will complete additional questionnaires at 1, 3 and 6 months post-injury; at these time points, questionnaires will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. 




As a token of our appreciation, athletes will be provided with an electronic gift card to one of the following: i) Cineplex, ii) Best Buy, or iii) Chapters/Indigo. Healthy athletes will receive one $10 gift card. Recently concussed athletes will receive up to four $10 gift cards. At the end of the study, a lottery will be held for several bonus gift card prizes. 


Interested in Participating?


Additional information about PBD can be found at: This website contains all the information that you may need when deciding if you would like to participate in this study or not. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me: I can also be reached by phone: 416-864-6060 ext. 7848.