Using eye-tracking technology to study athlete head impacts
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Graduate student Ryan McNeill is using eye-tracking technology and pupillometry to assess clinical eye measurements across Virginia Tech athletes. The project is primarily focused on soccer players and studying how their frequent head impacts compare to concussions.
Biomedical engineering is how I like to describe it would be any engineering that's inside or relates to the body. This is a biomechanics project. I'm working on an iPad mini study and division one athletes. The one I'm using and I'm using eye-tracking technology and keep allometry to work with D1 athletes at Virginia Tech to look for impairments, similar leasing and concussed athletes. I'll measure their dilation velocity, their construction velocity there, latency, which is how long it takes them to respond to the stimulus. In athletes with confession, their velocities, constriction and dilation velocities are actually less than those who are not injured. And that's one of the things that I'm looking at. I'm using three groups of athletes. I'm using soccer there, my primary group, group of interests. I'm using swim athletes as a control. They should not be hitting their head. Theoretically. I'm using any athlete at Virginia Tech who sustains a concussion, prefer concussed athletes within 48 h after the concussion, I was notified and tested them. And then one month after their injury, I test them as well. And what we're hoping to look at is we're going to see if athletes and Soccer who hit their head more. Are they going through experience and pyramids? And these measures similarly seen to be there as always talking about, should we include helmets and, and sports now, soccer for the longest time has not wearing helmets. But there are a lot of companies out there that are making protective headgear for these athletes. And there actually are a few players here at Virginia Tech that do where these tigers during the game. It's all in the name of protecting players, making the game safer. To provide safety measures for athletes.