Brain Games: Understanding the Science behind Concussion Testing

March 23, 2015

The Sports Concussion Institute-Atlanta, participated in an interactive evening that promoted concussion awareness and sports safety hosted by the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. Neurological testing at baseline and after a concussion is a critical part of any comprehensive concussion program. However, it is hard to grasp the significance of a concussion without understanding some basic neuroscience. SCI-Atlanta staff, Cheryl Appleberry (athletic trainer), Dr. Ellie Zimmerman (neuropsychologist), Dr. Cayleigh Benny (neuropsychology fellow), and Dr. Russell Gore (medical director) prepared fun and interactive games to explain the neuroscience behind the brain functions used in everyday life and disrupted after a concussion. This demonstration included balance, reaction time, vision, and neurocognitive tests used to evaluate these brain functions.

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