University of Canberra launches Australia first technology for concussion

Posted 13 Apr 2018

Story by University of Canberra

In an Australian first, elite athletes who have suffered concussion may fast track their rehabilitation and return to action sooner than previously possible, thanks to world-class balance technology newly arrived at the University of Canberra.

Researchers at the University’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE) will use a brand-new balance assessment device to comprehensively evaluate athletes with suspected concussion.

Concussion is a temporary loss of brain function and has the potential to affect a person’s ability to maintain balance and control their movement. The head injury is challenging to diagnose and to treat – no two concussions are the same – and recovery times vary widely.

UCRISE Director and Professor of Sports Medicine Gordon Waddington said the technology was a new tool in the management of concussion, especially in contact sports, and Canberra’s sports teams were set to benefit greatly.

“This device, in combination with the technology we’ve already developed, heralds the most comprehensive approach yet to treating athletes who may have suffered concussion,” Professor Waddington said.

“Using immersive virtual reality technology, we will be able to assess patient balance control by collecting objective patient data and using it to evaluate an athlete, make treatment decisions, and monitor their progress.

“It’s a game changer for our local sports teams which are having to incorporate stricter measures around head injuries. This technology will help athletes get the right treatment and hopefully, have them returning to action sooner.”

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