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NFL to utilize iPads for administering concussion tests next season

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The NFL has taken many steps over the past few years to help better handle concussions sustained during games.

From making blows to the head and to defenseless players illegal or requiring a player thought to have been concussed pass a series of tests before being able to return to the field, the league has made protecting concussed players a priority. The league is going to further those efforts next season.

The NFL has already agreed to allow independent neurological consultants on the sidelines for games next year. Now the league is trying to ease the ability of doctors to diagnose concussions as well.

According to Judy Battista of the New York Times, the NFL will mandate the use of iPads to held administer concussion tests on the sidelines during games beginning next season. A few teams tested the iPad application last season that helps medical personnel to diagnose whether a player has sustained a concussion.

The iPad app will allow players to answer the post-concussion questions on the sidelines and help diagnose whether they have actually sustained a concussion. It could also speed up the process and allow a non-concussed player to return to the game more quickly.

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33 Responses to “NFL to utilize iPads for administering concussion tests next season”
  1. lordfletcher says: Feb 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    and 56 more kids in China just jumped off a building

  2. musicman495 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    Where will players be wearing their iPads?

  3. krenshaws says: Feb 27, 2013 1:07 AM

    How much did apple pay you to make this post?

  4. sharkmaster88 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:21 AM

    What is the name of the app it might be great thing to use on hi school sports

  5. rodgers419 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:29 AM

    Ipad can’t do anything a half priced Nexus cant. Just a corporate plug.

  6. daknight93 says: Feb 27, 2013 1:37 AM

    It’s all about winning by any means necessary, no way all teams will follow concussion procedures; I’ve seen it too many times where a player runs to the lockerroom and 10min later, he’s back in the game.

  7. therealraider says: Feb 27, 2013 2:04 AM

    Modern technology will be applied to medical concerns. Thanks for the update.

  8. mike5011ad says: Feb 27, 2013 2:25 AM

    They should have them play Temple Run before the game, and then have them play again after a big hit. Then compare scores…

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 27, 2013 2:27 AM

    “How many Ipads am I holding up?”.

  10. brohamma says: Feb 27, 2013 2:31 AM

    This has “correct-answer training” written all over it; so as to avoid failing the test. It just may help, but the truth is that a non-influenced (payola) physician on the sidelines is the players best bet. Afterall, we are talking about a player base that often struggles with a simple Wonderlic test; so a good portion may likely fail this new testing just by default.

  11. furious76 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:42 AM

    Should have used a Samsung tablet, much better product.

  12. souldogdave says: Feb 27, 2013 3:31 AM

    Nothing replaces the observation of a DOCTOR, you can lie to an i-pad easier!!Stupid.

  13. crj202 says: Feb 27, 2013 4:28 AM

    Apple is going to fix all of earth’s problems one day!

  14. shaggytoodle says: Feb 27, 2013 6:13 AM

    So if the player sends out a tweet comparable in spelling and grammar with the rest off his timeline as a baseline. He will be allowed back in the game?

  15. 8man says: Feb 27, 2013 7:19 AM

    “Okay, son. If you can beat me at Words with Friends you can go back in.”

  16. jimbo75025 says: Feb 27, 2013 7:20 AM

    Great, now we are going to let machines choose whether or not someone can play a game. Why not just protect the players completely and let the games just let them play Madden? Maybe afraid of carpal tunnel lawsuits? When was Judgement Day from Terminator again? Rant over.

  17. pksullivanmph says: Feb 27, 2013 7:39 AM

    Technology everywhere!!!!!

  18. mancave001 says: Feb 27, 2013 7:52 AM

    Love Apple and IPads, but I doubt this will solve anything. The NFL is becoming like the the Fed government…throw money at the problem!

  19. malab377 says: Feb 27, 2013 8:16 AM

    So you’re saying that the iPad app can help with the concussions but that same app on Android can’t?

    It is only an expert system dude! A sheet of paper with the questions on it could be enough and a LOT cheaper! How much did Apple pay for that?

  20. steelerben says: Feb 27, 2013 8:18 AM

    After answering a series of questions, players will then be required to finish between one and five levels of Angry Birds with a three star score.

  21. pickensclause says: Feb 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Are they going to make the player reach a certain score on Angry Birds before they let them return to the field?

  22. tundey says: Feb 27, 2013 8:21 AM

    Why is this news? Do you cover it when the NFL starts using a GE ultrasound machine? I can see a site like Techcrunch covering it but why is this news on profootballtalk?

  23. boogerhut says: Feb 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    1/2 these boobs can’t use a cell phone to call a cab from the titty bar, you expect them to use a I-pad?

  24. boogerhut says: Feb 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    Link it to a suppository sizes accelerometer placed in the right location. It could also be used to weed out the Nancy boys.

  25. boogerhut says: Feb 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    It could result in a interesting G force graph in the event of a butt fumble.

  26. gochargersgo says: Feb 27, 2013 9:49 AM

    About time they found an actual use for those things.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    The teams don’t care about concussions they just want the players back on the field no matter what.

    A fine example of that was the final week of the regular season last year Dolphins-Pats game.

    Fins QB Tannehill was hammered all game long with 7 sacks and numerous other hits.

    At one point Tannehill was slammed and after sitting on the ground tried to get back up but got about halfway and then just plopped right back down. When he did get up a few seconds later he was clearly staggering to one side and not walking properly.

    If there was any more obvious situation to perform the concussion check protocol I’ve never seen one. I don’t think he was even out for one play, just right back out to get sacked again on the next, 3rd down, play.

  28. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 27, 2013 10:52 AM

    in a related story coaches will now have the new playstation 4 in their offices so they cam compete with upcoming opposing coaches up to four days before the game. in an effort to learn the other teams tendencies.

    that would actually be a cool thing

  29. daysend564 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    I was unaware there was concussion testing software in the AppStore.

  30. rick1k6 says: Feb 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    So they hit you over the head with the IPad and ask, “”Did that hurt?” Genius. Another triumph of modern technology.

  31. musicman495 says: Feb 27, 2013 11:45 AM

    So now Dr. James Andrews can be replaced on the sidelines by some dork in a blue golf shirt.

  32. boogerhut says: Feb 27, 2013 12:52 PM

    Here’s the drill. You tell the player “Complete this sentence”. Show him the iPad with a circle containing two dots. If he draws a smile in the circle he goes back in.

  33. jdubb84 says: Feb 27, 2013 11:05 PM

    When Kamtrak took off Veron Davis’ face as shown…he needed a whole nursing staff to change his pants

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