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Rugby players in B.C. are latest to get high-tech help in identifying concussions.

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Technology is helping to reduce Concussion and Head Injuries.

BC Rugby to implement HeadCheck Health. The made-in-Vancouver technology helps coaches and therapists identify and manage athletes’ concussions.

VANCOUVER—Hundreds of rugby players in B.C. will have a simpler way to detect concussions with the help of a web-based platform that uses data to help therapists identify and manage injuries.

BC Rugby announced Tuesday it is partnering with Vancouver tech-startup HeadCheck Health to implement its concussion-management technology across its men’s and women’s teams. The elite rugby sevens teams had been testing the app earlier this year and identified one concussion using the technology.

Along with features like memory and standing balance tests that programmed in HeadCheck’s app, it comes with a dashboard for data management and analytics that aggregates the data.

 

Standing balance test is part of the Concussion App

The report generated from the data is helpful in identifying trends in where and how often players are experiencing concussions, said Harrison Brown, CEO of HeadCheck Health.

This empowers organizations to make changes in places such as certain rinks or fields and how players practice, he said.

Dean Murten, senior manager of BC Rugby, said the switchover from paperwork to digital tracking reduces the time therapists spend filling out and finding the information. Furthermore, problems are identified more easily than if it was buried in documents, he said.

The partnership, Murten explained, was a “diligent” process in testing the product for suitability with the organization.

HeadCheck Health earns 80 per cent of its revenue from hockey leagues — it already has a partnership with BCHL — and it hopes to expand into lacrosse, football leagues as well as the NHL, Brown said.

“(The NHL) got some concussion lawsuits going on and so we’ve had some conversations with the NHLPA (NHL Players Association). I suspect that eventually we’ll get there. It’s just a little bit slower moving because they are being sued.”

Brown founded HeadCheck Health in 2012 and spent four years refining the technology before selling it to sports organizations. Brown has also been showing junior leagues how the product can protect younger and recreational athletes as well.

“We don’t think that because you’re not a professional athlete, you shouldn’t get at least a certain standard of care.”

This article originally appeared in The Star Vancouver on May 8, 2018. Reprinted with the permission of writer Jenny Peng.

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