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Hockey teams use cloud-based application to detect brain injury

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Many Virginians have been following the growing body of evidence that shows the severity of head trauma sustained by certain high-risk populations, including high school athletes, professional athletes, law enforcement officers and military personnel in war zones. Within the United States, the risks of suffering a traumatic brain injury increase with a person's involvement in a contact sport. Regardless of how it is sustained, however, a TBI can lead to various lifelong medical complications.

Various studies have examined the long-term effects of brain injuries sustained by multiple concussions, which is often the case with athletes. One short-term goal has been the development of a device that could detect brain trauma immediately, thus allowing medical practitioners a chance to examine the injury and devise treatment methods to deal with it. Currently, not all injuries are detected immediately, and the effects of damage may only surface much later.

To better monitor its players' health, the National Hockey League recently adopted a concussion evaluation and management system from X2 Biosystems. The company's integrated concussion evaluation solution uses wearable biometric sensors, mobile software and a cloud-based application to spot, monitor and respond to any TBI a player on any of 30 national hockey teams might sustain.

An X2 official stated that collaboration with the NHL's medical staff led to the creation of the application in accordance with the league's specific requirements. The partnership was recently announced by X2 Biosystems, which is currently in talks with other sports organizations to improve player health and safety.

Brain injuries, especially TBIs, are a serious cause of hospitalizations of athletes of all ages across the United States. Other companies are approaching the issue of brain injury with similar innovative devices that measure the force of impacts on the brains of football players.

Source:, "NHL Chooses Wearable Biometrics to Detect Brain Trauma," Peter Counter, Feb. 3, 2015

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