June 20 2013
With strict attention being paid to the effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries on athletes, new technology has been created to better identify this type of injury in sports.
According to The New York Times, the new devices are lightweight and can be worn discreetly by players. Each unit then records any activity that significantly jars the head of the player wearing the unit. If a player sustains a blow to the head that could be damaging, a light on the device will flash and a signal will be sent wirelessly to coaches warning them of a player’s condition.
More importantly, though, the devices are priced so that even recreational players can afford them. A single unit costs around $150.
Researchers and experts in the field of brain injuries tend to agree that the devices are an effective means of helping to reduce brain injuries and better treating injured players. Catching a brain injury early and treating the condition before another injury can occur is key to preventing permanent brain damage. Using this device over time will also show players and coaches what amount of contact is potentially damaging, possibly leading to less severe head injuries in the future.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the advancements in technology being used to prevent brain injuries and encourage athletes to consider use of these devices.