Study: Head impact-measuring devices limited in ability to predict, diagnose concussions

April 11, 2017

Study: Head impact-measuring devices limited in ability to predict, diagnose concussions

USA Today

While the knowledge and education around sports-related concussions grows on a daily basis, the fact remains that head injuries caused by athletics continue to be an increasingly complex issue in the medical field.

The new special issue of the Journal of Athletic Training, the scientific publication of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, is shedding more light on the issue through a series of studies.

Among them is a study on the efficacy of head-impact-measurement devices. In a study conducted by members of both the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan and the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences at Virginia Tech, researchers studied available head-impact devices and their clinical utility.

“No sports medicine topic is more polarizing than concussion, and today’s standard of care supersedes where we were just a decade ago,” special issue guest editor Steven Broglio, PhD, ATC, IHPI member and director of the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory at U-M, writes in the Journal.

“With validated measures, more and more of the guesswork is being removed from the process. While many questions persist about more sophisticated diagnostic measures, rehabilitation and long-term effects of injury, we continue to make great progress, remain current on research and new techniques and provide the best possible care for our patients at any level of sport or activity.”

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