Biomechanics

BBC News Northern Ireland article on concussion in sport

BBC News Northern Ireland have published an important news article on Ben Robinson’s father calling for concussion education following his son’s death at a rugby match.

Ben Robinson’s death has resulted in concussion awareness programmes being organised by schools in Northern Ireland and the Irish Rugby League. Ben’s parents believe there should be more education on concussion within all sport. The full article can be found on www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29427914

Concussion is a serious issue within Rugby, Football and many other sports, at both professional and non-professional standards. There have been many recent news articles detailing high profile cases of concussion within sport, including Alvaro Pereira being knocked unconscious in a World Cup football game.

Tekscan (www.tekscan.com) have launched a new product that can easily conduct a concussion assessment on players in sport and can help decisions on whether it is safe for players to return-to-play. The MobileMat BESS is the first and only computerised system that objectively implements the well-established Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) used to assess the static postural stability of athletes pre and post-concussion. For more information go to http://www.tekscan.com/medical/mobilemat-bess.

Tekscan have also released the NEW Sports AT Software, that includes standardised test protocols that are typically used as part of a comprehensive concussion assessment program: Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and Sports Concussion Assessment Tool- 3rd Edition (SCAT3). More information found at http://www.tekscan.com/sportsat-press-release.

BBC News Northern Ireland- Education on concussion in sport