Without Updated Tools, NFL still finding Concussions too late

Oculogica Founder Dr. Uzma Samadani is featured in a story Elena Bergeron at the NY Times. Click
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Concussions can cause much subtler symptoms, including headaches, sluggishness
and difficulty sleeping, some of which are not present immediately after a trauma.
The absence of obvious symptoms makes the type of instant diagnosis that is urged
in the N.F.L. difficult without the adoption of updated tools that can measure
concussion symptoms with a higher degree of specificity.
“Basically, anything that your brain controls can be disrupted by a concussion,” said
Dr. Uzma Samadani, a neurosurgeon who was an unaffiliated neurotrauma
consultant for four years at Minnesota Vikings games and who developed an eye-
tracking device to more definitively diagnose concussions. “Is it possible to make an
objective assessment of someone’s total capacity of brain function on the sideline
that rapidly? It’s very difficult.”

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