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Head Shots: Can Blood Tests And Helmet Sensors Solve The NFL’s Concussion Problem?

USC CENTER FOR HEALTH JOURNALISM

By William Heisel

It seems crazy that in 2016 we’re still relying on so much subjective observation by coaches, trainers and medical staff to tell us whether a football player has suffered a concussion, not to mention how to treat the injury.

First, can we take some of the subjectivity out of the concussion protocol? A test with a reasonable level of accuracy would be a smart start.

There is good reason to believe in the feasibility of a blood test that could give medical staff immediate and more accurate results on the sideline. There are at least two companies currently working on a blood test for concussion symptoms: Quanterix and Banyan Biomarkers.

Read the remainder of the article at Center for Health Journalism