Virtual existence could mark concussion in footballers

Media captionVirtual existence tests on footballers could mark mind injury

A practical existence (VR) headset could assistance football bar doctors diagnose concussion some-more accurately, researchers have claimed.

Dr Michael Grey, who is trialling a technology, pronounced a £500 Oculus Rift complement can fast assistance medics detect “subtle changes” in players.

Trials of a record follow several studies joining streamer of footballs to degenerative mind disease.

The FA pronounced it took a emanate “extremely seriously”.

Dr Grey, who has worked on a hearing during a University of Birmingham and a University of East Anglia, pronounced practical existence record helps to settle either a actor is concussed by contrast their ability to change during a same time as following instructions.

It would come into use when bar doctors are forced to make decisions on a sidelines as to either players should continue to play, he said.

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The headset detects either a actor has concussion by contrast their ability to change during a same time as following instructions

‘250 more’ footballers with degenerative mind disease

“With a practical existence change exam we’re carrying a mind do one thing and thereafter plea it by sloping a room and it’s usually by doing this we see pointed changes that competence not uncover adult in a customary neurocognitive test.”

“You will have players who say: ‘No I’m fine, we wish to go on’. But we do this exam – or one like it – we consider those questions go away,” he added.

BBC contributor Laura May McMullan took a record to West Bromwich Albion Football Club.

Baggies fable Jeff Astle died 15 years ago. A coroner ruled his genocide was caused by mind trauma, brought on by streamer complicated leather footballs.

His family has campaigned to football authorities for some-more investigate into a couple between football and dementia.

The club’s executive of performance, Dr Mark Gillett, said: “I consider we’re looking for organic tests that concede us to make a discerning preference and record such as that could potentially be really helpful.”


Analysis: Laura May McMullan, Reporter, BBC Inside Out

At present, players have a baseline exam – a clinical, earthy and cognitive exam during a start of a season.

Machinery is used, though it is distant from state-of-the-art.

Currently, a pitch-side alloy is forced to make a preference on either a actor is concussed regulating some-more simple methods.

Virtual existence would work alongside a clinical tests to give a medics petrify neurological responses.


Dawn Astle quits talk with PFA arch Gordon Taylor

Media captionDawn Astle quits talk with PFA arch Gordon Taylor

The daughter of a former veteran footballer who died from mind mishap has walked out of a assembly with a tip central in a game.

Dawn Astle was assembly Gordon Taylor, arch executive of a Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), who she believes has a avocation of caring towards former players. But undone with his response, she leaves a room.

Her father Jeff Astle died in 2002 during a age of 59. A coroner ruled his mind mishap was caused by streamer footballs.

The Astle family has campaigned for some-more investigate into a couple between football and dementia.


Former Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion striker Andy Gray has corroborated a technology.

He tells a programme: “What football has no forgive about is embracing complicated technology. It has no excuse. It can’t contend we don’t have a money, it’s awash with money.

“Paying millions and millions of pounds to footballers and thereafter worrying really small about their health.”

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Former footballer Andy Gray says football has ‘no excuse’ about embracing complicated technology

The FA’s conduct of medicine, Dr Charlotte Cowie, pronounced it determined an consultant row in 2015 that released new discipline on concussion.

“These discipline were designed to assistance recognize and conduct concussion – from a time of damage by to a player’s protected lapse to football,” she said.

“The consultant row serve concluded that investigate is quite compulsory into a emanate of either degenerative mind illness is some-more common in ex-footballers.”

“We have recently concluded with a PFA to jointly account and support this investigate as we trust that a collaborative proceed will strengthen a credit and apparatus accessible to a project.”

You can see this story in full on BBC Inside Out West Midlands during 19:30 GMT on BBC One on Monday 20 Mar or around iPlayer afterwards.

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