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Ex-NFL star working on 'intercellular' helmet to curb concussions, CTE

UPI reporter Alex Butler writes on new tactics to curb concussions in football players such as an intercellular helmet. He reports that the NFL had pledged $100 million in 2016 to support independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience. Additionally, there have been nearly 50 rule changes since 2002 to protect player safety.

"The biggest part of all of this is education and the fact that the athletes are more aware of the symptoms and what to expect," Erin E. Manning, MD, neurologist at HSS, explains. "I think a lot of this depends on their reporting of the symptoms. If you can't get the athletes to buy into all of it, then all of the awareness you can have is not going to be helpful."

She notes that more tests are needed to diagnose concussions.

"That's the most important thing, if there is some objective test that can be developed that can diagnose via blood test or a certain kind of brain imaging," Dr. Manning says. "That would be very helpful and probably one of the more valuable things that can be done at this point, other than prevention."

Read the full article at UPI.com.