Cleveland Clinic Develops Concussion App

November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 16, 2011 Updated Nov 16, 2011 at 12:48 AM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is suffering from a concussion and so do many other sports players, but doctors often don't know how bad a concussion may be or how long a player should sit out.

Now, Cleveland Clinic researchers have created a new iPad app designed to help.

Dr. Jay Alberts says, "The idea behind the iPad concussion app that we're working on is to try and get a better picture or a better overall assessment of the major symptoms associated with concussions."

About 100 football players were tested with the app before the season started to get 'baseline' readings for balance, reaction time, memory and vision.

They're tested again if they suffer a concussion and the results are compared.

If there's any question about the athlete's brain health, they stay on the
sidelines.

Doctors feel the battery of tests on the app may help doctors better gauge the severity of a concussion.

Dr. Jay Alberts says, "I think it just really gives the physicians and the trainers another arrow in their quiver, another tool for them to objectively assess the effects of concussion and recovery following the concussion."

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