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Are We Relying Too Heavily On Computerized Testing To Determine If It Is Safe For A Football Player To Return To The Field After A Concussion?

Are We Relying Too Heavily On Computerized Testing To Determine If It Is Safe For A Football Player To Return To The Field After A Concussion?

Over the past few years, more emphasis has been placed on the dangers of concussions suffered by athletes participating in high impact sports, such as football. Highlighting the issue has lead to improvements in player safety via testing and minor rule changes to help insure player safety. However a recent study published in this months Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology suggests many sports medicine practitioners are relying a little too heavily on computerized neuropsychological tests to determine whether a player is ready to go back into the action after a concussion.