Michael Siscos, a student majoring in Exercise Science in the Health, Sport, and Execise Science Department has been awarded one of the Undergraduate Research Awards for the Spring 2013 semester with a $1,000 award to support his research project.
Michaels research was also one of the project's selected for the "Day at the Capital Research Presentation" in Topeka, KS, on April 3rd, 2013.
This competitive opportunity allowed him to present his research titled "Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Tests and Detection of the Malingering Athlete." to the legislature about the ongoing research opportunities for undergraduates in the School of Education and the HSES Department.
Michaels research was a collaborative project with Lawrence Memorial hospital to evaluate the ImPACT Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Tests for the University of Kansas Rugby team. Ultimately, it also provided free baseline screening for the athletes who volunteered for the study. I would consider that a win-win opportunity for everyone involved. After their baseline the athletes returned to "modify" their tests to see if the program or the Physician reading the assessment would be able to catch a malingering athlete. Potentially, this could prevent the early release to activity that could lead to a re-injury to an athlete.