Led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, who evidently thinks bashing the Riddell Revolution football helmet video on YouTube is as American as Mom and apple pie, the Senate Commerce Committee last week held a two-hour hearing largely focused on how certain companies “are exploiting our growing concerns about sports concussions to market so-called ‘anti-concussion’ products to athletes and their parents.”
Somehow left off the list of targets was the expensive, disturbingly flawed, and absurdly hyped “ImPACT concussion management system,” as promoted by Wells Fargo and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and pimped to nervous school district athletic departments as a cure for the common long-term brain trauma. ImPACT (for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) was developed by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers. Which is only appropriate, as UPMC is not just the “preferred health care and sports medicine provider” of the Pittsburgh Steelers – it’s also one of the team’s corporate sponsors!
CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER: