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New technology takes guesswork out of concussion diagnosis

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In high school sports there are a lot of opportunities to hit your head and possibly end up with a concussion.

Gillian Molzon is a sophomore at Grand Blanc High School, where she plays on the hockey team. She often sees her teammates lose time on the ice due to concussions.

“Usually when my teammates get a concussion they’re out for six weeks,” Molzon said.

But when it comes to diagnosing concussions, there is some guess work. Whether or not you have one, and how long you need to rest after hitting your head.

But a new machine at a Grand Blanc physical therapy center is taking away some of that guess work, according to Christina Hendriquez, a physical therapist at Advanced Physical Therapy Center.

“It’s something we can test pre-concussion and post-concussion to see the amount of sway or balance defects a person may have,” Hendriquez said.

The way the machine works is that it tests your balance. If your balance is off, that could mean you have a concussion.

Joe Tomczak plays hockey at Grand Blanc High School.  He got a concussion a few years ago, but says he may have returned to the ice too soon for his balance to fully return. “It just felt like a bad headache, and then after that it went away,” said Tomczak.

But if Tomczak had used the machine, experts at Advanced Physical Therapy Center say he would have known when the right time was to get back on the ice.

“By using this machine we may get them back to baseline sooner and get back on the field two weeks or three weeks soon,” Hendriquez said.

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