Dr. Bert Vargas leads study on teleconcussion robot

Dr. Bert Vargas

Dr. Bert Vargas is lead author of a first-of-its-kind study investigating if a teleconcussion robot can bridge the gap between the playing field and expert care. The study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute and Mayo Clinic shows that a neurologist sitting hundreds of miles from the field can evaluate athletes for concussion with the same accuracy as on-site physicians using the robot.

The study provides preliminary data to support a nascent movement to utilize teleconcussion equipment at all school sporting events where neurologists or other concussion experts aren’t immediately accessible.

“I see teleconcussion being applicable anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Vargas, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, who directs the sports neuroscience and concussion program at the O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Right now there’s a significant disparity in access to concussion expertise.”

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