Replay for medical intervention in the game of football to diagnose, treat and possibly prevent injuries on the field: Who would have thought?
Actually, with the increasing concern for safety in the NFL, advancements in technology to improve medical response, treatment and coordination of a team's healthcare personnel are a long-time coming.
But starting this season, not only the officials are ducking beneath the curtains. Team doctors also have access to separate sideline monitors to help them diagnose and treat injuries — particularly potential concussions — as part of an increasingly high-tech bench-area setup, which features video, digital X-ray results and tablet-assisted concussion examinations, all intended to make in-game treatment as efficient as possible.
More incidence of concussion, CTE (chronic traumatic encephelopathy), and dementia later in a player's life are reasons to welcome these state-of-the-art technologies into the game.
Read the complete New York Times article to find out the rest of the details and when the new technology will be fully implemented, leaguewide.