New virtual reality program teaches athletes about concussions

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 10:27:56-05

CLEVELAND — Imagine being able to put yourself into a football game through virtual reality. Now players can experience firsthand what it looks like when a player suffers a concussion during a game.

Developed by a brain expert, the video called CrashCourse teaches young athletes what concussions are and why they matter. The crash course video is also available in virtual reality.

Often times with a concussion, trainers and coaches might not notice possible symptoms, but a teammate on the field will.

“Because a concussion has symptoms associated with vision issues or memory problems, you're not playing as well as you otherwise would. and while that's an issue on its own," said Dr. Dan Daneshvar. "It also means you're not aware of your body as much as you normally should be. You're actually a significantly increased risk of orthopedic injuries to the knees to the legs to the arms. "

The virtual reality program lets children and parents experience what it is like to have a concussion.

Parents and children who have an oculous headset can download the program for free in the virtual reality store.

More info on the program here.