Super Rugby trial eye-tracking technology to tackle concussion

Date published: May 18 2021 - Colin Newboult

Eye-tracking technology used to help detect concussions will be trialled in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition.

The technology, known as NeuroFlex, records horizontal and vertical movement of the eyes, as well as head movement, and generates a report to detect any alterations which could signal the presence of a concussion.

Under a partnership between Neuroflex, World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia, the technology will be tested alongside current Head Injury Assessment (HIA) protocols to determine whether the eye-tracking system could further enhance the HIA process.

Enhance the care of players

World Rugby’s chief medical officer Dr Eanna Falvey said in a statement: “As a key element of our progressive approach to injury reduction and management, rugby continually explores and assesses technology developments that could enhance the care of players in our sport, from community rugby to the elite competitions.”

Dr Falvey added the screening “has the potential to boost the identification and management of concussions” by identifying potential abnormalities in eye motion between a player’s baseline and when removed for an HIA assessment.