Brain & Body is a union of medical professionals passionate about concussion management and rehabilitation, in practice and in concussion education. A recent trip to a Harvard Concussion conference introduced the medical team to Eye-Sync technologies. Though the product is used extensively in the U.S. by such notable institutions as Standford Medical Brain Injury Clinic, The US armed forces, the Tulane Football program and too many more to list, Brain & Body is proud to be the first community clinic to bring Eye-Sync to Canada.
Start with Baseline testing and check in through the season to ensure you are playing your safest game. But Eye-Sync is not just for athletes. Concussions occur everyday during regular activities. Establishing your baseline is something anyone can do. It is a simple 60 second test that, in the unfortunate incident of a concussion can greatly improve your adds of recovering by ensuring a proper diagnosis.
"The brain tracks objects that we’re seeing by predicting which way they’ll go and pointing our eyes at them, allowing us to interact with a fast moving world with minimal blur. How it actually seems to work is that one part of the brain goes full speed while another puts on the brakes to create the final speed. Going too fast puts the eyes ahead of a moving target, going too slow puts them behind. Most clots following a brain injury tend to happen in the front of the brain, the same part that’s responsible for the “brakes,” so it seems like that’s the reason that following a brain injury many people’s eyes seem to jump a lot while they’re looking at something moving.
It's been known for some time that concussions can do long-term damage to the brain. What's been harder to determine is when someone actually has one.
In the short term, concussions affect the brains ability to pay attention and react to stimuli. That's why a doctor will have a patient suspected of having a concussion attempt to follow his or her finger: The eyes of a person with a brain injury will often jump back and forth as they try to track it.
Still, it's a rather unscientific test. So, 15 years ago, Jam Ghajar, a neurosurgeon and president of the Brain Trauma Foundation, began working on a device that could detect brain injuries more reliably.
The football world has been searching for an answer to the concussions crisis for years. The sport has tried everything from new rules, to new high-tech helmets, with varying degrees of success in the reduction of the frequency and severity of head injuries players suffer.
While reducing concussions is the main goal, better diagnosing and treating concussions is a part of the process, too. Spotters and independent sideline physicians have been introduced to sidelines at college and NFL games in recent years to try and identify players who may have been concussed during the run of play, but there are still times when standard concussion tests don't catch a player who's been concussed. At Stanford University, the football program has adopted a new technology that could help change the game in terms of diagnosing concussions.