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Over recent years, people have become more aware of the risks of suffering concussion, particularly in playing a sport such as rugby and football. Current safeguards depend on concussion symptoms being recognised and people sitting out, so they do not risk doing more harm to their brain. This allows them to receive appropriate medical monitoring and treatment.
The main problem with this approach is the lack of any definitive test for concussion. The assessment tool relies on asking people to complete basic tasks like repeating a list of words or standing on one foot. It can take 30-40 minutes to diagnose concussion in this way and unsurprisingly, these unsophisticated tests fail to identify everyone who is concussed.
However, testing for concussion is becoming more scientific with ‘goggles’ now able to test for concussion in under a minute using eye-tracking technology. There are a couple of systems in development in the USA, one of which uses infra-red cameras to track eye movements whilst watching a dot and another where the user watches a video. The results allow the medic to assess in real time if the user’s eye movement is normal.
Our head injury solicitors are excited that this development of a simple eye movement test, to test quickly and accurately for concussion and without having to go to hospital. This should help medical staff to assess and treat concussion more effectively and so improving safety. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury caused by someone else and want to know how we can help, please please contact Andy Shaw or call us on 0800 073 0988.
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