Sports Medicine Turns to Telemedicine
Coaches and trainers then can bring the player to the sidelines and run a symptom checklist, which more and more coaches and trainers have been trained to administer.
According to officials at MC10, the sensors measure both linear and rotational acceleration to the head, which together calculate the total energy being delivered to the head.
Players with stronger necks will experience less acceleration than players with weaker necks, says Isaiah Kacyvenksi, director of MC10's sports segment.
With medical device maker Medtronic as one of its investors, MC10 is also pushing forward with even more invisible wearable sensors. At CES it also showed Biostamp, a seamless sensing sticker due out this year that can stretch, flex and move with the body. The company says Biostamp will be able to measure a variety of physiological functions: data from the brain, muscles, heart, body temperature, even hydration levels. (No pulse oxymetry – at least not yet.)
Sensors are fine, but seeking qualified medical assessment quickly is the other technological tool being deployed to treat concussions. As I was researching my story on how telemedicine is expanding for the April issue of HealthLeaders magazine I spoke with Vernon Williams MD, medical director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology in Los Angeles. Williams also works with a group called the Sports Concussion Institute. In other words, he's a concussion expert.
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