New concussion test can help doctors track progress - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/10

New concussion test can help doctors track progress if an athletes is injured

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –  High school athletes in the Cleveland area are in for something new this coming school year.  They are taking a concussion test so doctors can track their progress if they were ever to get injured.  It's a simple test with a digital image that shows normal brain activity now, before they begin their favorite sport when school starts. If they get an injury that might bring a concussion, they will take the test again to look for differences.  The test is not just new for high school athletes.

"The NCAA has announced that they're going to have a new concussion management programs and guidelines... we see some of the professional teams like the NFL changing some of their management strategies," said Paul Gubanich, M.D., with the Cleveland Clinic.

Meanwhile, studies continue to see if there might be markers in the brain that can help identify and predict who might have the most severe reaction to a concussion.

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