During a sit down interview with Peter King of SI.com, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that they’ve been looking into additional sideline tools that can help detect concussions during games. One of those tools is a tablet PC or iPad.
“The head, neck, and spine committee met back in early- to mid-February. I think we had 48 professionals in that room, leading doctors and scientists from institutions all over the world, virtually all of them unaffiliated with the NFL,” said Goodell. ”I think the thing that strikes me the most about it is how much more we have to learn as a society, as a medical profession, as scientists. There’s still a lot of unknowns about the brain, either brain disease or brain trauma and how it reacts. That’s not unusual in science and medicine as you know. You have different findings and medical debates. We could see that in the room. There are some tremendous professionals that are taking a very cautious and conservative approach that are making it safer for our troops, NFL players, girls soccer players and that you can manage the risk of concussions, that we can do more to prevent it and that we can understand it better to make sure you fully recover from these injuries. The first thing to do is prevent it. That goes to rules, equipment. The second is our sideline assessment tools. We have made changes to that. There are some new technologies that make this very soon in the future where on a tablet, you can actually take a test on the sideline to determine (the concussion).”
King then asked Goodell, ”A tablet? An iPad? This year?”
“It’s possible.,” Goodell responded.
This would certainly be a breakthrough in technology that would helpfully help the long-term health of football players.