Updated 09/19/2012 05:55 PM
Robot helps Davidson County student athletes with concussions
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DAVIDSON COUNTY — With the help of a robot, doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center can now examine patients at the Lexington Campus.
The hospital wants to use the machine to help student athletes in Davidson County get better access to concussion treatment. The athletic director at Lexington Senior High has seen how severe a concussion can be.
"A concussion can be extremely serious. You're talking about a young mind that's still developing," said Athletic Director Ronnie Beverly. These days, Beverly says any athlete could be at risk.
"You can get a concussion cheerleading. You can get a concussion in golf if a ball hits you in the head, if we're just working out together in track," said Beverly.
Now, thanks to a robot named 'Lexie', Davidson County student athletes at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Lexington branch can get medical attention from concussion experts who are at the hospital in Winston-Salem.
"It's mostly observing, looking at the patient and then asking questions and testing their brain functions such as concentration, memory, balance and all of those things i can do through a computer just as well as i could do right there in the room," said Dr. Daryl Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum said with an increase in kids playing sports and a heightened awareness about concussions, he has noticed an increase in cases. He said concussions can be more severe for kids than adults.
"This is the time when their brains are developing when they're supposed to be advancing academically, emotionally, socially so even if it's just knocking them off track for a week or two you've lost some valuable time," said Rosenbaum.
The Pilot Program will be available Wednesday afternoons to Davidson County students.