High-school Football Teams Test Portable Concussion Indicator
There is growing concern about brain injuries arising from concussions, especially in young players. Research has shown that concussions, once thought to be harmless, actually injure the brain. In fact, a concussion is regarded as a form of TBI (mTBI, or mild TBI). (The term “mild” is deceiving because even some mTBIs can be life-threatening or can leave an individual with life-long mental deficits.)
A researcher has developed a scanner that can detect a player’s concussion during a game. It is being tested by four Texas high-school football programs. The scanner looks similar to binoculars, but it compares a possibly concussed player’s eye movements to the player’s normal eye movements taken earlier. (A possible concussion-causing hit is indicated by a microchip-containing sensor in the helmet.) The scanner is hooked up to a computer to quickly analyze the eye-movement data. A coach or trainer can readily determine if the player has experienced a concussion. New guidelines on when to return to play have been adopted by many schools to protect the player from further brain injury and to allow the traumatized brain to heal. (Full story.)
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Donna, Steve Almond’s book just came out: Against Football. He dedicates a chapter to brain injuries. You should check it out. Thanks for sharing this post!
Thank you so much for suggesting the book. I took a peek at it and Steve Almond’s thoughts are directly in line with mine about the hazards of football and many other contact sports.
Donna O’Donnell Figurski