The 'BrainGainz' App Uses Virtual Reality to Simulate a Head Injury

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 10, 2016
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'BrainGainz' is a revolutionary new app that uses virtual reality to simulate the feeling of a concussion. With the Super Bowl still fresh in many people's minds, there has been greater discussion about the dangerous of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in sports. This app helps consumers and researchers alike understand the danger of concussions by letting them experience what it is like to suffer from a head injury.

The 'BrainGainz' app was created by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona out of a desire to address some of the ongoing concerns about concussions sustained during sports such as football. The app works by putting users in a simulated football environment and then recreating the feeling of concussion-level impact. After being hit, users can choose to sit out or keep playing. If they continue playing, the app simulates the kind of virtual disorientation associated with a concussion.

The technology can help players, coaches and the general public understand the impact of head injuries and how concussions affect those who suffer from them.