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Concussion in sports: new innovations poised to transform the landscape

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There is a critical need for more reliable methods to identify concussions quickly and ensure players' safety.

Concussions, medically known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs), are one of the enduring challenges in the realm of contact sports. These injuries result from the forceful impact of a blow, bump, or jolt to the head or body, prompting the brain to move rapidly inside the skull and disrupting its normal functioning.

The statistics surrounding sports-related concussions in the United States underscore the urgency of addressing this issue. An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur annually in the country.

A significant portion of these cases involves children and youth aged 5-18, contributing to approximately 2.4 million sports-related emergency department visits every year. Concussions account for 6 per cent of these visits.

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