WAVi kit filmed pre-trial

“Pitch-side brain scans aim to make sports safer”

BBC News Headline 02 May 2022

On May 2nd 2022, Love of the Game demonstrated how the WAVi brain scanner might be a valuable diagnostic aid for concussion severity.

LOTG is funding UK Trials which will be run at three rugby clubs, one professional: Cornish Pirates, and two grassroots: East London and Sevenoaks.

BBC Health Correspondent, Hugh Pym, caught up with Professor Mike Parker and LOTG Chairman, Laurence Geller to learn how this technology, and others like it, might inform safer return-to-play.

Filming took place with Actonians Women’s Footballers, one of whom, Jess Drage, was filmed being scanned. Real data was instantly available to assure her that her brain function was normal.

Prof Mike Parker conducts a WAVi scan with Jess Drage, filmed for BBC News

The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), whose Ministerial Adviser is LOTG Chairman, Laurence Geller, recently announced its convening of expert panels to work towards common protocols in concussion management across all sports at all ages and levels of play. Work which LOTG applauds.

About Love of the Game

Love of the Game is a campaign which seeks to reduce concussion-related issues arising from contact and non-contact sports. LOTG takes a solutions-based approach to developing new technologies that prevent, diagnose and treat head injuries in sport. The Love of the Game aims to reduce risk of early onset dementia to players, maintain sports as we know and love them, lengthen sporting careers and reduce the fear of taking part. We are an impassioned community of athletes, players, fans, innovators and experts, united by our love of sport and the desire to, not only protect players of all ages from the potentially devastating impact of head injuries, but also to protect the integrity of the sports we know and love. 

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