Inside the NFL’s Blue Tents: How Technology Is Used on Sidelines to Help Diagnose Concussions

By Joe Lemire – As seen on SportTechie

The only video allowed on the sidelines during an NFL game is the Injury Video Review System, which runs on a flat-screen Tru-Vu monitor and is controlled by an Xbox remote. Coaches must rely on photographs in order to make in-game adjustments, but reviewing actual replays is a mandatory part of the league’s concussion protocol, offering the team doctor and unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant (UNC) more insights about the mechanism for injury—that is, the potentially concussive blow a player suffered.

The system is stored in a black cart that’s kept next to the blue medical tent where physicians conduct sideline exams. Clad in a red hat for easy identification, the UNC holds a Microsoft Surface tablet and reviews the player’s symptoms, checking off boxes in a concussion assessment app from C3 Logix, a spinoff from the Cleveland Clinic. The physician checks the athlete’s pupils, coordination and speech and asks the Maddocks questions, a series of queries designed to check for confusion or amnesia. The tablet also provides access to electronic medical records to assist with the evaluation. Read more >>

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