Friday 9 December 2016

Here's the headband that can help players avoid long-term damage from concussions

Published 23/03/2016 | 10:55

A prototype headband developed by Samsung that measures the impact that tackles have on the brain could help reduce the number of long-term concussions among athletes.

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The BrainBAND measures the force of impact by using three coloured lights at the back of the headband - yellow, orange and red - depending on how severe the trauma is. The device was developed in Australia and is currently being tested by amateur rugby players there.

Currently, players are removed from a rugby match is they fail a cognitive test, however that isn't always 100% accurate, as we saw when George North was allowed return to the field during the 2015 Six Nations despite being knocked out.

With this band, the medical staff and coaches can know in real-time whether a player needs to be removed or not, and it could potentially eliminate human error entirely.

The makers of the prototype say more tests are needed before it can be cleared for use but the early results look promising.

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