Concussion bot to debut at Northern Arizona football game

The remotely controlled telemedicine bot has allowed doctors to assess and even treat patients from hundreds of miles away for the past several years.

(Credit: Mayo Clinic)

Just a day after the NFL and more than 4,500 former football players reached a $ 765 million settlement over concussion-related lawsuits, a telemedicine robot will make its debut on the sidelines of tonight’s Northern Arizona University football match against the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Concussions have been a hot topic in high-contact sports in recent years as evidence mounts that they are a chronic problem with long-lasting effects. And with more than 1 million athletes in the US suffering from concussions every year, researchers at the Mayo Clinic hope their sidelined robot on wheels will help assess athletes with suspected concussions quickly so that those deemed unfit to continue to play do not.

“Athletes at professional and collegiate levels have lobbied for access to neurologic expertise on the sideline,” Bert Vargas, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic leading the research, said in a news release. “As we seek n… [Read more]

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