CereScan Improves Hockey Concussion Analysis

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Baseline Hockey Concussion Anaylsis

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If you don’t know where the starting point is, how can you determine the end? Baseline concussion analysis is certainly the buzz in sports communities among players, parents, coaches and schools. One company, CereScan, has a way to capture brain imagery scans, which indicate to attending physicians how to treat the patient.

Most physicians firmly believe that baseline testing is the real key to the sports concussion issue. And, the recent updates on regulations for players’ return to play qualifications are a start in the right direction. If people want to know exactly how much damage a single concussion (or even multiple concussions) may have on an individual person, then you must first know the starting point. Biologically everyone’s brain is different. After a concussion is sustained, one person may see the damage repaired where another does not.

On all player levels, the number of concussions that occur in hockey is steadily on the rise. The largest and most detailed analysis of concussions in the National Hockey League was published May 2011, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and evaluated seven regular seasons from 1997 to 2004. It was based on physician reports from every team in the league and found a total of 559 concussions during regular season games, working out to a concussion rate of 5.8 for every 100 players, or an estimated 1.8 concussions per 1,000 player hours. During the 1990s, head injuries or concussions in ice hockey increased by an incredible 269 percent. According to the NCAA, the top two sports responsible for the largest number of concussions are women’s and men’s ice hockey. They are followed by rugby, football and soccer.

These increases are what have leaders of all professional sports, and in particular hockey, concerned with the growing concussion issues. CereScan has pushed for baseline testing for years in all levels of athletic competition, because the amount of knowledge that can be obtained in doing so can make all difference for an individual player. The scans are used to assess whether they decide to return to play if symptoms have subsided, sit out for an extended period of time or even potentially discontinue playing the sport altogether. These are decisions that face every parent and player anytime they sustain a concussion. This is where baseline testing becomes so advantageous. Instead of making decisions based on passion for the sport and whether one feels as though they still feel symptoms, they are provided clear information as to whether the damage sustained from a concussion is permanent or not.

The brain imaging scans performed at CereScan have the capacity to show perfusion (blood flow) levels in up to 140 regions of the brain. This allows doctors to focus on damaged areas so they can discover even the smallest representation of an injury. Brain function can change over time, and having a baseline test of a particular person will allow changes in that function to be identified by a physician. Whether those changes come over time through the aging process, or if there is an actual traumatic event, everyone knows more about the injury if there is a baseline scan.

For a full link to the article, please go to: http://growthegame.com/blog/baseline-concussion-analysis/

About CereScan

CereScan combines state-of-the-art SPECT brain imaging technology with a patient centered model of care to provide the highest level of neuro-diagnostics available. Using high definition functional brain imaging, industry leading image reconstruction software, and an extensive library of clinical data, the CereScan medical team provides physicians with unmatched objective diagnostic information. CereScan helps patients and their physicians, counselors and families to better understand the biological bases of their conditions and disorders. For more information visit http://www.cerescan.com.

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Julie Banta