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From PR Newswire:
BrainScope Company, Inc. today announced the release of clinical research findings resulting from a 2008-2009 football concussion study of high school and college athletes it supported. The results, published in a special edition "Biomarkers in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" of the peer-reviewed Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, support the potential utility of the BrainScope device in development as a marker of recovery after sport-related concussion.

All athletes enrolled in the study underwent pre-season testing on cognitive functioning and postural stability, as well as studies utilizing the BrainScope device and technology in development. During the study's football season, the certified athletic trainer present on the sideline identified athletes as having sustained a concussion immediately after injury according to the study's injury definition and standardized criteria. Injured athletes and matched controls then underwent follow-up assessments of symptoms, cognitive functioning and balance, along with measurements of brain electrical activity at several time points post injury. Twenty-eight (28) athletes were found to have sustained a concussion, 7% of the study population of 396 athletes.

"The findings from this study suggest that the period of time it takes for the brain to fully recover at a physiological level after a sport-related concussion may persist beyond the point at which symptoms and other functional difficulties have resolved," said Dr. McCrea. "This brings significant implications to clinicians faced with determining an athlete's level of recovery and readiness to safely return to competition after concussion."
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