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Australian Gizmo Could End Forever The Practice Of Players Playing On With Concussion

Australian Gizmo Could End Forever The Practice Of Players Playing On With Concussion
By Conor Neville

Another landmark moment in concussion's battle against rugby at the weekend as Dylan Hartley wrote in his Sun column that he has no recollection of lifting the Six Nations trophy after the game.

IT’S a great feeling to say you’re a Grand Slam winner... I just wish I could remember lifting that trophy in Paris!

After being knocked out and taken off on a stretcher I can’t remember any celebrations.

I can’t remember the trophy presentation, the victory lap or seeing my aunty and uncle in the crowd.

It’s a weird feeling so I’ve been looking at a lot of photos to piece it all together and there are bits coming back to me.

Today, 7 News in Australia carried news of an invention which boasts that it can instantly measure concussion in sport. Samsung enlisted the help of designer Braden Wilson and neuroscientist Alan Pearce to tackle the problem.

The product is a headband which changes colour when a player suffers brain trauma. It is dubbed the 'Brainband' and it reads the severity of a hit and alerts the coach and referee of its seriousness via an app.

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LED lights on the headband glow yellow, orange or red depending on the G-force of the impact.

Pearce, a professor at Melbourne's Simbourne University, explained the worth of the Brainband.

If you are not assessing concussions properly, there is potential for further injury, and in junior athletes it could be catastrophic.

Concussion is heavily under-reported by a factor of six to 10 times the real figure that we're estimating at the moment.

With something like the Brainband we're looking at having an objective measure that removes that subjectivity or the possibility of a player not wanting to reveal they've got a concussion.

Israel Folau is a spokesman for the product.

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Read more: The Scary Effects Of Concussion Were Evident During England's Grand Slam Celebrations

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