Updated: Feb 12, 2020
Posted: 8:00 AM, Aug 30, 2018 By: KUSI News San Diego
Author: Paul Rudy
-- “You know what this means? It means this damn thing doesn’t work at all.”
That was a frustrated Dr. Emmett Brown venting over his unsuccessful efforts to read the mind of Marty McFly. Little did Doc Brown know that his homemade “Brainwave Reader”, while a failure in 1955, would go on to inspire the invention of the tools needed to help save the sport of football in 2018.
“There’s so much more we don’t about concussions than what we do know about concussions,” Dr. David Chao told KUSI viewers. “Right now it’s like pre-MRI days, when every knee injury was called a sprain. Today, whether you get knocked out cold or just see stars for three seconds, both are called concussions. But they’re clearly not the same thing”.
That’s why the entire Lincoln High football team is participating in a pilot program called “Protect the Brain Campaign.” In conjunction with the Ronnie Lott Foundation, this week, each Hornet football player underwent a 15 minute Electroencephalogram (EEG) test. While not a CTE scan, this FDA approved test helps establish a brainwave baseline which in turn, can help a medical or training staff determine when it’s safe for an athlete to return to action.
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