Simple sideline test can check athletes (and soldiers) for concussion

7 years ago
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Rock on, female researchers!

Kristin Bing, Amy Sharma and Teresa Selee created a new test using RADAR that can diagnose a concussion using a very simple test of multitasking.

To screen someone, say, on the sideline of a high school football game, one would just:

 

1. Ask the athlete to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order. (e.g. cognitive skill damage)

2. Use the RADAR system to show if the person's gait pattern was different than that of a healthy athlete. (e.g. motor skill damage)

Unlike other gait-measuring equipment that requires the athlete to wear special sensors or reflective clothing to be captured by motion analysis cameras, this simple system uses RADAR similar to the RADAR guns used in police speed traps.

The women are hoping that the military will soon be able to use the RADAR system in the field.

Here's a summary:

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/04/25/radar.shows.promise.detecti…

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