Blood Biomarkers and Concussion Rates

By Eve Abraha

After multiple college athletes with concussions were all found to have “6 specific small molecules from [their] plasma,” an investigation started to determine if the players got an mTBI. A person who has these biomarkers are more likely at risk of having/sustaining a concussion. Most of the issues that are caused by mTBIs can be improved upon by an increasing awareness and knowledge about diagnosis. The main reason awareness of mTBI has increased dramatically is primarily due to the amount of heightened explosive injuries during warfare, especially in the USA military.

 Currently, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, Georgetown University, and University of Rochester are trying to find the objective biomarker but it has not been easy. Luckily, with the help of the growing Biotechnology industry, extensive research will be done to find answers so that those who have unnoticeably been more susceptible to sustained concussions will be better aware of the issue and will be able to try to prevent such outcomes from occurring. This also pertains to those who may partake in certain activities that harm others.


University of California - Irvine. (2018, April 20). Blood biomarkers may allow easier detection, confirmation of concussions. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 1, 2018 from