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The university initiated a novel initiative, the 'Birmingham Concussion Test,' to evaluate and potentially improve concussion diagnosis in football.
This study gathers saliva and urine samples from injured Premier League players and uninjured "control" players. Club doctors will collect these samples immediately after matches and at subsequent intervals during a player's recovery.
The research team is concurrently developing a handheld device to conduct the test on-field, aiding in concussion diagnosis and determining when affected players can safely return to sports activities.
The device will analyze a drop of saliva on a chip, and the results will be promptly transmitted to a mobile device for the doctor's quick interpretation.
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This research has the potential to benefit professional, grassroots and youth level footballers alike, making the process for diagnosing concussion as effective as possible.
Having a test that gives you a clear answer that’s understandable to everyone would really help at all levels of sport. Similarly, this may be valuable for patients in NHS Accident and Emergency departments."
Dr. Patrick O’Halloran, Sports Concussion Research Fellow University of Birmingham and Academy Doctor, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
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