Dengel, Wiese-Bjornstal discuss concussions and helmet use in MN Daily

quarterback-67701_640Professor Donald Dengel and associate professor Diane Wiese-Bjornstal were both mentioned in Minnesota Daily article, “Helmet use impacts concussions.” The article examines whether or not different helmets can impact the risk of concussion in football. Researchers at the Virginia Tech preliminarily found that, in fact, different helmets can affect the rate of concussions among football players.

Related to this research, Dengel’s NFL Charities grant researching multiple concussions is quoted as well his hope that his research work will lead to better diagnostics and monitoring of concussions. Wiese-Bjornstal, a sport psychologist who specializes in sport injuries,  notes that concussions often have a mental long-term side effects, like depression or memory loss.