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Try-ing to solve the problem of accurate concussion diagnosis

Written by Francesca Lake (Editor-in-Chief)

concussion diagnosis in rugby

A new, non-invasive yet accurate method for concussion diagnosis has been demonstrated in a study of UK professional rugby players. The diagnostic test – using saliva – would be the first non-invasive clinical test for concussion, tackling the problem of difficult pitch-side concussion diagnostics at all levels of sport.  Concussion is notoriously difficult to diagnose and problematic in both grassroots and professional sports, as well as in military and healthcare settings. While blood-based biomarkers have been studied and one blood assay currently has FDA approval for use in determining the need for a CT scan, reliable diagnostics remain far from ideal.  The aptly named SCRUM study, carried out by the...

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