First Down Project: Brain Health Research
Dr. Munce’s team has measured over 30,000 head impacts from middle school football players and has captured comprehensive video footage to analyze characteristics of play associated with these impacts. They have also conducted extensive pre- and post-season neurologic evaluations in this population.
Collectively, these results comprise one of the largest databases of head impact exposure and neurologic function in youth football. Dr. Munce’s team has published their findings in leading medical journals and presented their work at national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Munce also sits on the leadership board of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (NYSHSI), a partnership between Sanford Health and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In this capacity, Dr. Munce has spearheaded a collaboration between the NYSHSI and USA Football on an in-progress project that will recognize SDJRFB as a model youth sports organization that has made significant efforts to minimize the risk of sports-related injuries and illnesses.