Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 2/23/13
Concussions and how to accurately diagnose them has become a hotly-debated issue for the NFL lately. So much so, in fact, that a panel of doctors partook in a news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday to announce the league's intentions to use an iPad application to help team doctors diagnose head injuries on the sidelines.From NFL.com:Players take a baseline concussion test before the season, and that test is uploaded into a sideline protocol program on an iPad.    The test uses a 1-6 score system to rate how a player currently feels. It also includes short- and long-term memory tests (word recall, “what day is it?”, count backwards, etc.). There’s also a part of the test in which the player must perform certain physical tasks, like standing on one leg.Dr. Stanley Herring, team physician of the Seattle Seahawks, stressed the importance of having prior knowledge of the player being examined."If you know the player, you can recognize changes in behavior, including attempts to hide injury or an increased effort to pass the test."However, the team of doctors admitted that it was possible for a player to pass the test but still be concussed. Although not perfect, it serves to be a standardized way of examining the possibility of a concussion.Via Bleacher Report
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