A variety of scientifically validated tools exist to measure a
player’s reaction time, which is slower after a concussion, but most
require a computer and sophisticated software. A simple new technique
can be used on the sidelines and meets the budgets of almost all teams.
"Dr. Broglio and his colleague Dr. James Eckner, an assistant
professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, set out to develop
an inexpensive means of measuring reaction time. After some noodling,
Dr. Eckner came up with the idea of attaching a hockey puck via adhesive
to a long wooden dowel, and marking centimeters in ink along the length
of the dowel."
Dr. James Eckner is a Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) fellow. To learn more about the RMSTP please click here.