Description: There is growing recognition that the quantification of the cumulative effects of repeated occupational exposure to low-level blast and weapons systems (such as those routinely encountered during military training exercises and operational deployments) on human health and performance requires an assessment of its effects across many levels of analysis. Motivated by this approach, we have conducted a series of studies that measure the psychological, physiological, and neurological effects of this multifaceted phenomenon in exposed operators (snipers and breachers) and military controls. We will present recent findings from ongoing studies, with a focus on the development of novel diagnostic tools to identify, monitor, and mitigate sub-concussive blast wave effects in humans.
Intended audience for the presentation:
This presentation will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and clinicians working on the diagnosis and treatment of blast effects, as well as service members and veterans interested in and/or affected by occupational exposure to low-level blast.