Use Of Virtual Reality For Concussion Diagnosis Essay example

1188 Words Sep 14th, 2016 5 Pages
Are we in a national crisis over how current practice identifies and treats concussions? The concussion statistics and related lawsuits would suggest this country is indeed confronting a crisis. The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are between 1.6 and 3.8 million sports-related concussions annually. Consequently, multiple sports organizations face legal actions concerning concussion protocols. Recently, the National Football League signed a $900 million settlement with former players related to concussions while similar class action lawsuits are ongoing against the National Hockey League and Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Likewise, amateur sports organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), United States Youth Soccer Association, and Pop Warner have or will have to defend their concussion policies in court. In response, researchers seek new technology that will improve concussion diagnosis and treatment. This paper will review a new technology that uses virtual reality for concussion diagnosis and what implications may result when quantifiable data from such technology directs concussion management.
The article, “Stanford football uses eye-tracking goggles to spot concussions,” by Benny Evangelista discusses how virtual reality technology can help detect concussions. Developed at the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, the new assessment technology called Eye-Sync integrates…

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