Electronic caps to measure football concussions
Football fans are well aware of the growing concern about concussions in the sport. Now scientists at the University of Nebraska have taken a big step in dealing with this problem with the creation of electrode-covered mesh caps that can be worn on the sidelines at football games. The caps will allow medical staff to quickly evaluate a player's brain waves to see if he can continue playing.
The new device is a type of functional MRI machine that measures the brain's blood flow. The electrodes will gauge the players' response to stimuli after a big hit, and that will help determine the extent of a potential injury. The researchers hope that the cap can be ready for use in one to two years, and believe it could one day be used in hospitals to screen patients for potential brain injuries.
It is reported that about 300,000 sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. alone each year.