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by George Malik on 04/06/11 at 04:36 PM ET
If any story has ever illustrated the fact that the medical community’s understanding of concussions remains imprecise at best, it’s this bit of news from TSN’s Darren Dreger, in the latest installment of the “Dreger Report”:
Neurotopia…have you heard of it? It’s an American-based training program that is focused on strengthening athletes mentally - by measuring and registering brain activity comparitively when an athlete is most alert as opposed to relaxed. Additional tests within the program reportedly allow Neurotopia to determine the location of brain injuries following specific traumas, which is very appealing to at least one prominent NHL player agent.
CAA Sports - the agency that represents several NHL stars including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, along with Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane sees tremendous potential in this technology and may introduce their stable of stars to it in the offseason. Pat Brisson says he has had several meetings with Neurotopia and will be meeting with them again this week with the goal of introducing the program to his clients at his camp this summer.
“It’s brain therapy,” explains Brisson. “But, this technology may also be used as a base-line test for ultimate performance in the future.”
Brisson says Crosby, who has been sidelined with a concussion since early January, has the information and is looking into the program and its potential longterm benefits.
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