BRAIN FUNCTION ASSESSMENT.
HOW DO YOU KNOW?
Brain function assessment is shrouded in subjectivity, opinion and dogma.
It’s complicated. It’s subjective. It’s time-consuming and sometimes inaccurate. Like the brain itself. It’s easiest to detect if the player is knocked out, but only a tiny fraction of injuries result in loss of consciousness.
Unlike other injuries, brain function doesn’t (initially) show on the outside.
The most popular current brain function assessment test, called SCAT, is actually an amalgam of tests of memory, subjective symptoms, balance and coordination. It takes 25-30 minutes, needs a doctor to administer, on paper only, and is recognised as being variably sensitive.
Current tests are inadequate and lead to unwanted headlines, and unwanted consequences for players, their families, clubs and the governing sports bodies. And it’s not just at the elite level of sport: community and schools players need certainty at the time of injury – and when assessing their safe return to play.
Nurochek is the latest in brain function assessment, and takes only 2 minutes
Objective assessment of brain function.
Nurochek uses established technology to actually measure aspects of the brain’s normal electrical activity. University Research suggests that this EEG may change distinctly in concussion. A custom headset shines light into the player’s eyes, and electrodes on the back of the head broadcast the EEG signal to a smart phone for analysis and the cloud for secure, HIPAA compliant storage.
It takes 2-3 minutes. Safe, affordable, portable and reliable.
A baseline test is conducted each year on every player, and then again after an impact in their sport to see if they are affected.
For pitchside assessment, a result differing from the pre-season baseline means a doctor should be consulted.
After appropriate rest and treatment, return to normal suggests to the doctor that it may be OK to play (if all other signs and symptoms have abated).
Our market research has demonstrated that the NuroChek device will gain ready acceptance amongst the end-user cohort.
The NuroChek headset
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