|SyncThink startup developed a device called EyeSync, a headset that can detect brain injuries through eye movement / Photo by Getty Images|
There has always been a concern in contact sports like football or boxing about the player getting a concussion during play. It has also been known that if left alone, concussions can result in some serious damage to the brain and even cause death. And what makes it all the more a concern is that it is usually difficult to see if someone has it.
Concussion affects overall brain activity, hampering a person’s capability to pay attention and react to stimuli. This is the reason why a patient that is suspected to have received a concussion is asked to follow the movements of the finger of a doctor. The eyes of a person with this kind of brain injury tend to jump back and forth as they attempt to track the finger.
Still, this method is not 100% accurate. Thankfully, Jam Ghajar, a neurosurgeon and the current president of the Brain Trauma Foundation, began creating a gadget that has the capabilities of detecting brain injuries effectively more than 15 years ago, according to an article published on inc.com.
Ghajar’s startup company is called SyncThink, and it makes a device called the EyeSync, a headset that is strapped onto the patient or athlete’s head and diagnoses them by tracking their eye movement. In the next few months, EyeSync will start being used in different college football teams in the US, including the University of Georgia, University of Texas, and those from the Pac-12 conference.
There are between 1.6 million and to 3.8 million athletes in the US alone at different age brackets that suffer from concussions annually, as reported by the Brain Injury Research Institute. Any athlete that goes back into play right after experiencing symptoms can get seriously harmed. It isn’t just because the brain of the athlete is more susceptible to further injury, but with an impaired vision, they run the risk of orthopedic injuries as well.
Ghajar stated, “I’m hoping we can really bring down the injury rate of athletes.”