Young soccer players test new concussion screening tool

CBC reported on new concussion screening technology for young athletes that was developed at UBC.

A group of young soccer players from Richmond FC volunteered to undergo electroencephalogram scanning and neuropsychological evaluation for concussion diagnosis.

Naznin Virji-Babul, a UBC physiotherapy professor, said the goal is for doctors to diagnose concussions and accurately assess when it’s safe to return to the field.

“We used to think the young brain is more malleable and can recover quicker than the adult brain, but it turns out from the data that the younger brains are actually more vulnerable to injury,” Virji-Babul said.

Similar stories appeared in the Vancouver Sun, The ProvinceRegina Leader-Post and Metro News.