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Learning More About Brain Injuries Through Wearables

USA Today—June 2, 2015

USA Today reporter Jeff Zillgitt reports that wearable technology is a rapidly expanding industry when it comes to sports-related brain injuries. Wearable technology, such as the items produced by i1 Biometrics, that were originally made for collision sports like football and hockey, are now being used for sports, such as basketball, soccer and baseball. 

i1 Biometrics CEO Jesse Harper discusses that, "The more data we have quickly that tells us how hard they got hit and where they got it so the medical staff can lean in, take them through the protocol and really spend some time on them, the better." Harper also notes that eventually the technology will allow sports teams to identify the likelihood of the hit area and the degree to which a concussion has been sustained by a player. 

Dr. Teena Shetty, a neurologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, is triple board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine and specializes in sports neurology, concussions and neuromuscular diseases. She explains why concussions aren't always diagnosed immediately.

"The symptoms of a concussion are complex and multi-fold," she said. "They're not specific neurological conditions. There are things like a headache, head pressure, dizziness, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, fatigue, difficulty with concentration, sleep disruption. Some of them are situational or provoked by exercise or concentration. Therefore, in the immediate moment, they may not surface."

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