Bryan College one of three universities to use new concussion technology
A physical therapy clinic in Dayton is one of three places in the Eastern United States to have new concussion technology.
Omni Rehab has a new machine called Bio-Sway, which measures an athlete's sway before and after any head injury.
And Travis Smith of Omni Rehab says this test will show all signs of a concussion.
"But it really gives us a good, a good easy feedback with very interpretive data. To help us utilize with the health care providers like the doctor and trainers and those sort of things,” Smith said.
Smith has partnered with the Bryan College Sports Medicine program.
Director Sean Shelton says this kind of technology has helped them detect 10 concussions this sports season.
"We've been able to more accurately diagnose and get the help that they need so they can return to play faster,” Shelton said.
The test compares the before and after test to see if a person is experiencing concussion like symptoms.
Senior soccer player Joe Gorham believes this will help athletes think about their health rather than the game.
"As an athlete you can...not fake, but you can definitely adjust your results to being asked questions and little things like that. So, it's definitely going to help protect us and protect any head injuries from anything,” Gorham said.
A recent study done by Pediatric Journal states concussion rates have increased in recent years.
The highest was boy’s football with more than 10 concussions per 10,000 athletes, and girls soccer was second with more than 8 per 10,000.
"You get tackled. You get hit. You go head to head with people. You're jumping in the air. You don't have control,” Gorham said.
The other two colleges with this technology are Boston College and the University of Alabama.
"I just assumed that most of the division ones and big power five schools had access to it. And to learn that we are one of three, it's something that is absolutely groundbreaking for this area,” Shelton said.
It's a way to keep athletes and everyone in the Tennessee Valley healthy.
"We're doing this for the general health of the public and our student athletes,” Smith said.
Smith says the test is for everyone, not just athletes.