Head Trauma Devices Help Collect Data on Concussions 10/30/13
CBS 7 News
October 30, 2013
Local experts agree that monitoring head trauma from a younger age is extremely important in the long run and now there is technology that can better assess the damage of hard impacts.
It’s a type of injury becoming too common on the playing field. You can't see it but, the effect of a concussion could be more serious than you think.
"So when they do take a hit, you're going to be able to get some type of sloshing motion or this type of thing in terms of moving back and forth and obviously the brain has no where to go so it's going to bang up against the skull," says MCH Sports Medicine Program Manager Trapper O’Connell.
Now there are small sensors that can be attached to the athlete’s head, just behind the ear, to monitor and measure the traumatic impact that the brain is being exposed to in collisions.
"It becomes a situation of what can you afford and what are you willing to spend," says O’Connell.
A device is being developed at The University of Texas in Dallas, which would make head trauma sensors more cost effective.
"These are all quantitative measures that are the same from one high school football team to the next or pros or the military battlefield, wherever it is you've got these quantitative measures that don't require a doctor to interpret," says University of Dallas BioMedical Device Center Director Dr. Robert Rennaker.