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Researchers to Work on Sensor-Based Technologies to Study Cognitive Disorders in Teens

According to the U.S. scientists the football players who fall in the teenage group may develop certain functional distractions in the brain which remain undiagnosed.

West Lafayette-based Purdue University researchers studied 21 football players in the high-school level by providing helmet sensors, cognition tests and brain scans and identified that 11 out of them had brain injuries which were not diagnosed earlier, whereas only three of them had been diagnosed with the injury.

The research work presented in the Journal of Neurotrauma explains that some football players may have non-concussion injuries but will keep on getting struck by the football in the head since they do not develop any sort of diagnostic symptoms or signs which restrict them from participating in the game or practice.

Thomas Talavage stated that the main focus of their research is on the unidentified groups of cognitive disorders. As part of this study, Talavage along with his co-workers observed and investigated the players with consequent information collected by the sensor-integrated helmets worn by them, which can transmit the information wirelessly to the devices that are placed on the sidelines and recorded the data during the game. The researchers then compared the brain-scan images and cognition results before and after the game to get an actual picture of the condition of the concussion.


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