UB Concussion Specialists Develop Concussion TestWritten by Laura Miller | July 01, 2011
Concussion specialists at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) have developed a test that helps athletes determine when they can safely return to play after a concussion, according to a university news report.
The researchers developed a treadmill test and published a study of their findings in The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. The test is a combination of the retest reliability and interrater reliability to evaluate the physiological effects of concussion symptoms. The raters achieved 99 percent sensitivity for identifying patients with symptom exacerbation and a specificity of 89 percent for ruling out concussions symptoms.
Athletic trainers and sports medicine specialists can administer the test using only a treadmill and heart rate monitor.
Read the report about concussion testing.
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