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Blood test offers swifter, safer diagnosis of sport brain injury

Published on Mar 13, 2014 10:34 PM
 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Swedish researchers say they have devised a blood test that could better diagnose sports-related brain injuries and prevent American football, rugby and ice hockey players returning to the field in danger.

In findings from a study of ice hockey players, the researchers said their method can show just an hour after a head injury how severe the concussion is, whether there is a risk of long-term symptoms, and when the player can return to the sport.

"In ice hockey and other contact sports, repeated concussions are common, where the brain has not finished healing after the first blow," said Professor Henrik Zetterberg of the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, who led the study.

"This kind of injury is particularly dangerous, but there have not been any methods for monitoring how a concussion in an athlete heals."

 
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