UBC, SFU researchers behind technology that can assess, reduce head trauma

Published on Monday, February 01, 2016


Vancouver Sun article on UBC venture Headcheck Health

The level of public anxiety over the head trauma crisis in sports saw no let-up this week when an autopsy revealed former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash had visible brain abnormalities.

Sash, whose behaviour became increasingly irrational before he died of an accidental overdose of pain medications, was identified with an advanced case of the brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy — CTE. His family believes the tangles of strangled brain cells, found in other deceased NFL players who suffered from mental illness, was the result of the many hits he took during his 16 years playing the game.

Tyler Sash was 27.

For University of B.C. student Harrison Brown, a PhD candidate in the school of kinesiology, the concept of future neurological repercussions from his own brush with concussions — Sash had at least five documented cases — is a factor in his scientific fascination with the subject.


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