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Research establishes improved timelines for high school athletes to return to sport post-concussion.
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Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation Labs

AIR Labs is a collaborative sports medicine research laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology on the campus of Michigan State University. The Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation Labs is co-directed by Dr. Tracey Covassin, Dr. Matthew Harkey and Dr. Nicole Hoffman with the assistance of graduate and undergraduate students.

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Concussion Research

The concussion research group focuses on investigating the neurocognitive and psychological effects of concussion with specific focus in youth populations. In addition, the concussion research group assesses optimal methods for the development and implementation of coach, parent, and athlete education on the topic of sport related concussion. Please contact Dr. Tracey Covassin with any questions that you may have regarding our research.

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Knee injury research

The knee injury research group focuses on investigating the effect of knee joint injury on physical activity characteristics, neuromuscular function, and knee joint cartilage health among individuals with a history of knee injury. The aim of this research is to identify individuals at elevated risk for poor knee-related and health-related outcomes following knee injury utilizing innovative assessment techniques while facilitating a timely and safe return to physical activity. Please contact Dr. Matthew Harkey with any questions that you may have regarding our research.

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Kneww Osteoarthritis (OA)

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is typically a slowly progressive disorder, but at least 1 in 5 people develop advanced-stage knee OA with dramatic rapidity (i.e., normal to advance-stage disease within 4 years; often within 12 months). Therefore, we urgently need to be able to detect which individuals are at greatest risk of accelerated knee OA prior to the development of this debilitating disease. 

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Location and Parking Information

Lab location: 308 W. Circle Dr., IM Circle Building, Room 1

Parking Location: Lot 62W (North side of Spartan Stadium)


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Athletic Injury and Rehabilitation Labs
308 W. Circle Dr., Room 1
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 355-3981