Saliva samples to be used to diagnose concussion in rugby players

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Source : Sky Sports

Researchers have made a breakthrough discovery where the saliva of elite rugby players has been used to diagnose concussions. Samples have been taken of players suffering head injuries before and after the game. Certain molecules are known as biomarkers will determine whether a player has suffered a concussion or not.

“Ideally we would like to have a test that could be used at all time points, so that very early time point.” RFU’s Professor Simon Kemp said. “But we think in the first instance something that could confirm a concussion the next morning would be incredibly valuable and realistically deliverable in a short time scale.”

“But we think in the first instance something that could confirm a concussion the next morning would be incredibly valuable and realistically deliverable in a short time scale.” he added. “What we have seen with biomarkers is they change very quickly, so there is the potential to have a test if we had the technology, that could be used very quickly after someone was removed. But that is not our immediate plan. Our immediate plan is to have one available at 24 hours”.

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have also made contact with the footballing authorities to carry out research with the current conussion pilot that has been introduced to the Premier League and Women’s Super League this year.

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