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SPARCC Research

SPARCC is a premier academic center and is involved in various research areas. We have many publications and ongoing research focused on concussions, musculoskeletal injuries, blood flow restriction, and other topics. Read below for more information. 

2023 Concussion Symposium

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Recent Research and Papers We Reference

Active Rehab for PCS by University at Buffalo, SUNY

Concussion Guidelines for Teachers by CDC

Concussion in Sport by 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport

Concussion in Sport by 4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport

Early Active Rehab for Concussion by Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo

Headsmart Understanding Concussions Guide by South Shore Hospital

Pediatric Concussion: What You Need To Know by CDC

Rest and Return to Activity After Sport-Related Concussion by A.T. Still University

Returning to School after TBI for School Professionals by CDC

SCAT5 Sports Assessment Tool by BMJ

School Accommodations after Concussion from the Journal of Athletic Training

Sideline Emergencies by R. Warne Fitch, MD et al.

Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents by Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Current Research

Research Abstracts 
SPARCC in Conjunction with University of Arizona


Mortazavi, Oleskey, et al. Active Rehabilitation Protocol in Treatment of Adolescents with Post Concussive Syndrome, a Clinical Trial.

Mowrey, Mortazavi, etal.  Neuropsychiatric Assessment of Adolescents with Post-Concussion Syndrome Before and After the Implementation of a Novel Active Rehabilitation Protocol.

Research in the Community

Smith, Mortazavi, et al. Functional movement screens, gait patterns, and NM control in those recovering from Post Concussive Syndrome

Oakley, Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Quantitation and Qualitative Electroencephalograms (QEEG) testing and the Detection of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Exercise tolerance correlation with cognitive tolerance and return to learn stage

Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Correlation of exercise tolerance and vestibular ocular motor symptoms

Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Heart Rate Variability trends and Concussion symptom scores during recovery

Polec, Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Evaluation of an eye tracking protocol testing for oculomotor deficits seen after concussion and post concussion syndrome.

Mortazavi, Minor, et al. Pupillary contraction volumes, speeds, and symmetry in concussed patients

Minor, Mortazavi, et al. Correlation of King Devick and Near Point Convergence with Neurocognitive Impact testing processing speed and reaction time scores in concussed patients

Mortazavi, Smith et al. Functional rehab role in those with Post Concussive Syndrome

Mortazavi, Miller et al. The role of goal oriented concussion action plan in the setting of Post Concussive Syndrome

Klien, Mortazavi, et al. Early VOM and exertional intervention in acute concussion

Mortazavi, et al.  Dysautonomia and exercises intolerance in Post Concussive Syndrome

Past Research

University of Denver Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado

Mortazavi. Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in Young Athletes. Advances in Pediatrics. December 2012. Volume 60.

Mortazavi, Provance et al. The Prevalence and Patterns of Athlete’s Heart in Adolescent Athletes: a Review of ECG’s . 11/2011 (abstract accepted CJSM, AMSSM Podium presentation)

Mortazavi, Provance et al. Evaluating the accuracy of ECG screening in young athletes by primary care providers. (Study in progress) 

Mortazavi, Provance et al. Cost effectiveness of ECG Screening Program in High School Athletes. (Study in Progress)

Hoang, Mortazavi. Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes. Advances in Pediatrics. December 2011. Volume 60.

Hoang, Mortazavi. General Radiology Imaging and Laboratory Testing- What to Order and When. Pediatric Sports Medicine-Essentials for Office Evaluation. April 2012.

University of California, Davis

Mortazavi, Styne, et al. Competitive Sport Participation and Treatment Outcomes in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. (currently submitted for publication) 

Mortazavi, Cassaza, et al. Single Leg training and Injury Prevention in Football Players. (data currently in analysis) 

Academic Memberships

American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Medical Society (AMA)

Pima County Medical Society (PCMS)

Arizona Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP)

Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ)

Academic Affiliations

1. Medical Student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine at New Mexico State University
2. Clinical and Research Intern at SPARCC
3. CACTIS Foundation
4. Clinical Researcher at SPARCC and Medical Student at Midwestern University of Arizona
5. Clinical Researcher at SPARCC and Resident at THMEP

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