by Thomas Kurz
Much has been written recently about concussions. Concussions in American football, concussions in boxing, concussions here, there, and everywhere. . . . Articles on signs, dangers of neglecting, and long-term consequences.
The long-term consequences can be devastating for people who don’t recognize a concussion and continue to play, fight, or do whatever strenuous activity that won’t let their brains rest and heal. So here are two quick and easy tests to detect concussion:
The tablet-based test requires the athlete to read aloud a list of words before a practice or contest, and then again after an impact. The software compares the before-and-after versions of the words, looking for changes that indicate a traumatic brain injury.
King-Devick test compares the athlete’s baseline speed of reading numbers shown on flashcards to the speed after an impact. No tablet is needed–only flash cards, a stopwatch, and sideline doctor’ or coach’s attention.
You can learn more about concussion at
By the way, one of the concussion symptoms not listed in the above article is seeing things in unusual colors.
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