November 12, 2011; University Park, PA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini looks on from the sidelines in the first half in the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska Working on New Sideline Concussion Test


There is plenty of discussion surrounding concussions in sports and the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team is working on a new sideline test that could determine whether or not a player is suited to go back in the game. The Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior on campus has been working on an electrode-covered mesh cap that would serve as the test.

The cap would apparently work as a functioning MRI on the sidelines to determine if the player should return to the game. It would take only minutes to determine if the player could return, but the cap is still one or two years away from being completed.

“There are a lot of things that are very important with the NCAA as far as the health and safety of the student-athlete,” NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline, via the Associated Press, “and concussion is right up there as first and foremost. It’s the elephant on the table, and we, with everyone else, we have to solve it.”

It is a very unique and innovative way to tackle a big problem in the sport.

You can imagine that if the test is successful, a number of universities will be wanting to use the technology for the safety of their players.

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