With more than 3.8 million sports-related concussions (mTBI) occurring every year, concerns have grown regarding the dangers of misdiagnoses. Current symptom-based methods of detection are error-prone and unreliable resulting in an estimated 85% of concussions going undetected.
Recent research has shown that oculomotor dysfunction is a reliable biomarker of mTBI. However, eye-tracking solutions that measure such impairments range in price from $5,000 to $10,000 making them inaccessible to youth sports where 70% of mTBIs occur. Our key innovation is a device that leverages a smartphone’s camera and computational capabilities to make accurate eye tracking accessible and affordable. Our mobile app and companion headset analyzes and displays metrics that can be used for sideline concussion screening.
When my school nurse misdiagnosed my younger brother’s concussion, his recovery period doubled to four weeks. I watched as he dealt with exacerbated symptoms and he struggled in school. Frustrated with his experience, I set out to change the way concussions are detected in youth sports.
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