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Munce Lab in the Press
Dr. Thayne Munce discusses concussion safety in youth football.
Dr. Thayne Munce talks about concussion awareness in sports.
Dr. Munce addresses the question “Is football too dangerous?”
Dr. Munce discusses what parents can do to keep their children safe when playing football
Dr. Munce comments on the Sioux Falls Public High School football helmet inventory
Dr. Munce discusses football helmet quality and new safety ratings
Dr. Munce talks about the Sanford Sports Science Institute’s new location at the Sanford Fieldhouse
Dr. Munce gives an update on his group’s research on brain injuries in youth football


June 2018 Research from the Munce Lab was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Minneapolis.

  • Thayne Munce gave a presentation on “Pre-Season Measures of Neurologic Function and Subsequent Head Impact in Youth Football”

  • Dan Poel from the Munce lab presented a poster titled “Pregame Hydration Status of Collegiate Basketball Players on Consecutive Days of Play” 

  • Jason Dorman from the Munce lab presented a poster titled “Head Impact Exposure of Youth Football Players During Their 7th and 8th Grade Seasons” 

March 2018 Thayne Munce received a grant from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment for his project titled "Determinants of Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football".These funds will be used to add detailed video analysis to a current youth football study.

October 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce worked with the Argus Leader Media team to provide scientific insight and a balanced perspective on a series of stories addressing concussion research in football.

September 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce was invited to present a case study at the Mayo Ice Hockey Summit III: Action on Concussion in Rochester, MN. The topic of his case study was examining brain injury risk while playing bantam hockey and youth football concurrently.

September 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce received a research grant from SH-SDSU collaborative for his project "Protein supplementation following: 1)ACL Injury and 2)Unilateral Limb Suspension."

July 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce presented current research findings at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Summer Meeting in Burnsville, MN. Dr. Munce discussed survey results obtained from collegiate basketball players about their game day readiness and recovery (fatigue, soreness, energy, stress, etc.) throughout the season. "NSIC Basketball Readiness and Recovery Study"

June 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce received a non-research grant for the GP IDeA-CTR travel award.

May 2017 The 11th annual Sanford Sports Medicine Symposium brought together physicians and scientists to discuss current research findings related to sports medicine and sports-related conditions and injuries. Dr. Munce gave a research presentation titled "An Athlete's Fuel Gauge: Evaluating Readiness and Recovery Using Novel Ultrasound Technology".

May 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce published a research article in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research defining and evaluating the basketball-specific mobility test designed to predict musculoskeletal injury susceptibility in collegiate basketball athletes. “Evaluation of the functional movement screen and a novel basketball mobility test as an injury prediction tool for collegiate basketball players”

April 2017 Dr. Thayne Munce appeared on a Keloland Healthbeat story to discuss the benefits and risks of long-distance running.

January 2017 Thayne Munce, PhD, gave a presentation at the South Dakota Football Coaches Association's annual meeting in Sioux Falls. The title of his talk was "Brain injury risk in youth football: what do we really know?"

December 2016 Dr. Thayne Munce attended a traumatic brain injury (TBI) retreat hosted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. While attending, Dr. Munce gave a brief overview of his concussion related research with youth football players.

October 2016, Dr. Munce presented twice at the Northland chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Mankato, MN. His first presentation, "Brain Injury Risk in Youth Football: What Do We Really Know?", highlighted findings on head impact exposure and neurologic function in youth football players. The second presentation, "Heat Illness in Sports: Managing the Risk", discussed heat illness risk factors in sports.

October 2016, Dr. Munce received a grant from Sanford Health Foundation for his research project entitled "MMA brain health and performance."

October 2016, Dr. Thayne Munce presented "Hard-hitting research: Youth football and concussions" at the 2016 SD Chapter meeting of the American Academy of Professional Coders in Sioux Falls, SD.

August 2016, Dr. Thayne Munce was awarded a Sanford-Mayo Collaborative Research Grant for the 2016-2017 year. He will expand an ongoing collaboration with the Mayo Team to examine head impact exposure and objective measures or neurologic function and brain trauma in adolescent football and hockey players.

June 2016, Dr. Thayne Munce attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston. His team presented on two separate research projects while at this conference: 1) Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football During Different Practice Activities and 2) Injury Rates and Types in Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing at a Small Recreational Ski Area in the Upper Midwest. In conjunction with this conference, Dr. Munce also attended a meeting with ACSM’s Strategic Health Initiative – Youth Sports and Health committee, of which he is a member.

November 2015, Dr. Thayne Munce has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. The ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. As ACSM’s most prestigious distinction, the purpose of the Fellowship is to recognize distinguished achievement in sports medicine and related disciplines, as well as a deep and ongoing dedication to the goals and long-range activities of ACSM.

October 2015, Dr. Thayne Munce was invited to present at both Augustana University and Dakota State as well as be interviewed on SD Public Radio regarding the work that his team does with the Sanford Sports Institute.

October 2015, Dr. Thayne Munce visited Bemidji State to present two invited lectures: the Honors Council Lecture and a course lecture in Advanced Exercise Testing & Prescription Class. Both lectures highlighted the work Dr. Munce’s team does on concussions and brain function.

October 2015, Dr. Munce presented on concussions in youth football for Augustana University's Academy for Seniors program.