Take Two for September 23, 2013

New device can measure concussion warning signs

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Football helmet of the late Owen Thomas, a former University of Pennsylvania football player, brought to the hearing on H.R 6172, Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act by his mother, Rev. Katherine E. Brearley, Ph.D. A CDC study shows concussion rates in athletics have more than doubled in the past decade.

Concussions are a constant hazard in football, soccer, and a variety of other sports. Coaches and trainers are taught to recognize some of the warning signs, but it's not always easy to diagnose a concussion on the sidelines.

Now, a professor at San Diego State has developed a device that could provide a more objective way to detect whether an athlete has suffered a concussion. For the California Report, Kenny Goldberg has more.


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