New app will help doctors, trainers detect concussions

4:23 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- It's known that concussions are common in contact sports, but doctors still don't have a standard test to detect or evaluate concussions.

That's why Cleveland Clinic researchers developed an app for that.

Cleveland Clinic researcher Jay Alberts says it's just another tool physicians and trainers can use to objectively assess the effects of a concussion and recovery following one.

They tested more than 16,000 athletes before their fall season began to get baseline readings on balance, reaction time, memory and vision.

The app is on a computer tablet and consists of a series of tests. It can also be attached to the athlete's back to sense movement that may be imperceptible to the human eye.

If the athlete suffers a concussion, the app can be used again to gauge the speed of recovery. More than 50 high schools across Northeast Ohio and Iowa and a handful of colleges are using the app on their athletes.


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