09 Jan '18, 8am

Four minute mull: Concussion, policy and awareness

So some good analysis can be done on that, including the important issues of sensitivity (does the HIA produce false negatives?) and specificity (does the HIA produce false positives?) Both are bad, for different reasons. The former means concussions are missed, the latter means they’re falsely diagnosed and that undermines confidence in the tools. The early evidence suggests that the sensitivity of the sideline assessment alone is in the 80-percent range. That means that around 15 in 100 cases of a concussed player will pass the test – the so-called false negative. Of course, that needs to improve, but it’s also not so low as to be an ineffective test, as many have tried to argue.

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2018/01/four-minute-mull-conc...

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