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High-school Football Teams Test Portable Concussion Indicator

Newsboy thThere 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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SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . White House Concussion Summit

Newsboy thWhite House Concussion Summit

 

Parents, coaches, teachers, and others are becoming increasingly concerned that youth sports can affect children’s brains and in many cases cause life-altering injuries (see “Children’s Brains at Risk,” in my “So Whaddya Think?” category, May 28, 2014). To address this epidemic-like problem and to increase awareness of the hazards of concussions, President Obama held the Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit today. The President called for more research into the brain and in better equipment. Several organizations, both commercial and publically funded, have made commitments of money and effort to find a solution to this “invisible crisis.” The goal is a national plan that will cover all youth sports. (Story 1 with video, story 2, story 3, and the White House fact sheet)

 

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