On 9 December 2016, the first “Concussion Workshop” entitle “What we still do not know about concussion” took place. Scientists and experts with different research areas from ETH, USZ, UZH, SCC and KWS were invited to participate; 46 specialists attended the workshop. After the first clinically oriented part dealing with concussion, five research questions on concussions (biomarkers, prognostic factors, therapeutic options, baseline tests and long-term effects) were discussed in a second part with the goal of developing joint solution strategies. This workshop served as a “kick off” for further interdisciplinary science projects about concussions, and as a motivation for the formation of project groups for further workshops.
In a loose series of short video interviews, we present the people who work at the Swiss Concussion Center and contribute daily to enable athletes to make a safe “return to sport” after concussions.
What is your job at the Swiss Concussion Center?
My primary job here is to assess athletes who have come to us having suffered a concussion or are suffering from balance disorders. I have here two rooms with very complex equipment for this purpose, with many technical devices, with which we carry out the tests. I am also responsible for the technical support of these devices and their further development. I also write other programs. Finally, we want a better understanding of the data and to continue to develop the devices.
What are your goals at the Swiss Concussion Center?
My goal, of course, is to provide the perfect service for the athletes who come to us. Also, to help the physicians to better understand the (collected, editor’s note) data. A part is also research. The more athletes we look after, the better we understand what the measurements tell us and the better the therapy can become. And if I can help with that, I am really happy.
What is your motivation to contribute to the Swiss Concussion Center?
What motivates me here is, of course, the joy of working with the technical equipment, the measuring. For a physicist, this is quite typical. Also, to look after the athletes, to be there for the athletes and then to give this data, which we obtain using these devices, to the physicians and help them to understand the data so that they then are able develop a good therapy from it.