New App to Detect Effects of Concussion

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM EDT

Cleveland Clinic (WKBW) – Doctors said that any concussion can become serious if the player does not know they have one or they return to the field to early. Now, experts have an app for that. A new app tests to see if a player has a concussion and is ready to return to the field.

There were 16,000 athletes tested with the app before their season started to get a baseline reading for balance, reaction times, memory and vision. They will be tested again if they suffer a concussion. Then, those results will be compared.

During the test, a tablet computer with the app is attached to an athlete’s back to pick up subtle movements not seen by the naked eye. It also provides doctors with unbiased data and better idea of when it is safe for the player to return to the field.

“I think it just gives physicians another arrow in the quiver, another tool for them to effectively measure concussions and recovery following the concussion,” Cleveland Clinic Dr. Jay Alberts said.

The app is not yet being used here in Western New York but high schools in Ohio and Iowa are on board. Many colleges are also using the app to help with concussions on the field this fall.

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