How to diagnose concussions earlier (The Concordian)

Emerging technology aims to prevent athletes returning to the field too soon

“On average, there are eight concussions per team per year,” according to Dr. Alain Ptito,  a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University.

Those eight concussions per team refer to both the McGill varsity football and hockey teams. He has worked with them in his research to help determine a way to diagnose concussions more efficiently.

Emerging technology is improving the way researchers analyze injured athletes in sports such as hockey, football, soccer, basketball and rugby. According to a 2007 study by Ptito, concussions had become such a problem that “improved approaches to diagnosis, investigation and management are urgent.”

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