Date of Award

Spring 3-24-2023

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Omay Sacit, MD


Subdural hematomas are precedent to nearly all catastrophic head injuries in athletics, and are a leading cause of death and morbidity in sports. While known risk factors exist, cases still occur in young, healthy athletes without clear predisposition– occasionally without a precipitating traumatic event. Athletes are at increased susceptibility for dehydration, and the effects of inadequate fluid status on subdural risk is unknown. This study aims to elucidate the relationship between dehydration during athletic activity and subdural hematoma formation. We propose a cross-sectional study utilizing Yale New Haven Hospital electronic medical records, where we compare hydration status at emergency room admission in athletes with subdural collections to that of matched controls. This study will allow us to further understand the pathophysiology and risk factors of subdural hematomas, as well as provide additional points of prevention especially when it comes to weight class and physique sports, which necessitate dehydration.

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