Saint Mary’s communicative sciences and disorders department and Notre Dame’s engineering and computer science departments have teamed up with Contect, Inc. to create an app to help detect concussions on the sidelines of sports games.Contect Inc. came into existence through the ESTEEM program (Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters Program), president of Contect Inc. Shane McQuillan said.“Contect came into existence through my ESTEEM thesis, which was a required component of the program,” McQuillan said. “That being said, a lot of companies that were established did not continue after the program, so Contect is fairly unique in that sense. We won the McCloskey business competition last year, which provided the ground work to keep things going.”The app is in its early stages but hopes to go to market in early 2015, McQuillan said. The app will first be used in high schools and will then expand to other markets fairly quickly.“At a very high level, here’s how it works: we take a baseline speech recording from an athlete at the start of a season,” McQuillan said. “During this they read a serious of words and sentences that are presented to them by our application, we then analyze these recordings and extract a number of acoustic metrics.“After a suspected concussion the athlete repeats the same test, and again we extract the acoustic features. We can compare the sets of features to establish if there is a likelihood of concussion.”The team of creators for Contect Inc. is composed of software developers and entrepreneurs who are capable of building a robust application, McQuillan said.Saint Mary’s communicative sciences and disorders professor Sandra Schneider designs tests and trials and examines recordings to see what changes she can detect in athlete’s voices.“We are at a point in time in society, in our world, where we can’t do research just in our own field alone and understand it,” Schneider said. “I think we really have to cross boundaries. … Between computer science and engineering, those people have different skillset than we have, and it’s kind of nice to be working in conjunction of all of us together because I think we all learn something from each other as we go through this.”The earlier a concussion is detected, the sooner it can be treated, McQuillan said.“Contect is trying to fill a gap where there is no good solution — sideline concussion detection,” McQuillan said. “If you want to detect them straight away, you’re going to need to do it on the sidelines, and Contect wants to offer a product that can do so.”The brain is such a finely-tuned instrument that it does not like any kind of change, Schneider said. Over 1,000 athletes have been baseline tested as part of the Spring season trial. Schneider predicts close to 40 will receive a concussion at some point during the season.“With sports injury related concussions, it’s a fact that usually one concussion isn’t the problem, its multiple concussions,” Schneider said. “Every time they get hit, in practice on the field, the more hits that you have the more in danger you are. This brain can only take so much. And then it begins to show cumulative effects.”Speech is a sensitive tool that is a good indicator for anything that happens to the brain, Schneider said.“It’s an emotional indicator and it’s a neurological indicator,” Schneider said. “That’s why they thought that speech would be a good indicator on the sidelines. You can have a baseline of somebody and then you have them read these words and we have the words and what they need to do and if there is any change it would be an indicator.”Schneider said the app is groundbreaking because currently, there is no literature that says there can be changes in speech due to a mild concussion.“The app right away was developed to look at speech and see if there were any changes in speech due to a mild concussion, which, believe it or not, there is nothing in literature about that at all so this is like breaking ground,” Schneider said. “We know there’s changes in speech and people with moderate and severe traumatic brain injury but do we know that speech is a detector for mild concussions.”Schneider said coaches have been accommodating at the high school level so far but believes that this app will become a political issue as well.“You also have to realize that it’s a very political issue because you start into Division One, which is like the Notre Dame football team, and as you know there’s a lot riding on the line when you pull one of your star quarterbacks out because of concussion,” Schneider said. “And some of them I don’t think want to know that information. So it’s a political decision in a lot of ways. And they know they’re going to run into that.”The app is meant to be used in conjunction with other concussion screeners, Schneider said. The app alone cannot be used to make a decision.“Right now we seem to be primarily in the high schools but later it will be in the college level and then when we have something that is really strong and seems to be pretty accurate at detecting something, then I think they’ll push it to the next level,” Schneider said. “So we’re talking a few years.”Tags: app to detect concussions on sidelines, contect inc., ESTEEM, ESTEEM thesis, notre dame computer science, notre dame engineering, saint mary’s communicative sciences and disorders department, shane mcquillan
Unitedâ€™s expected wholesale changes will put severe pressure on Arsene Wenger who would probably prefer to be playing United’s first team. It’s 40 years since Arsenal and Man Utd playedArsenal’s 3-0 victory over United at the Emirates last season is their only win in 11 Premier League games against them (D4 L6). United haven’t lost consecutive away Premier League games against Arsenal since November 2001.Alexis Sanchez is two goals away from scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal, becoming the 8th player to do this for the Gunners.Sanchez needs just one goal to register his best-ever return from a single campaign in Europe’s big five leagues (currently on 19, tied with 2013/14 for Barcelona). However, just six of his league goals have come at home this season in the Premier League (32%) despite playing at the Emirates on 16 occasions in 2016-17.Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11).This will be Arsene Wenger’s 58th match as Arsenal manager against United in all competitions. It’s the side the Frenchman has faced most often with the Gunners, but also the side he’s got the lowest win rate against (29% – minimum of 15 games).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United will be aiming for a 26th consecutive unbeaten Premier League game when they travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal on Super Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have set a new club record for the highest number of games without a loss in the top flight in a single season, and another this weekend would match that of Nottingham Forest in the 1977-78 season.The signs look favourable for United as Arsene Wenger has only beaten old foe Mourinho once in his career – winning the Community Shield in 2015 – and has never done so in the Premier League (W0 D7 L5).However, United are expected to field a second string team as Mourinho prioritises the Europa League title over pushing for a top four place In the Premier League. United could win their next four Premier League games and still finish fifth in the league. On the other hand, they only have to win two Europa League games to qualify for the Champions League.
Tyler Boyd: Bengals ’embarrassed’ by Steelers in prime time Michael Gallup injury update: Cowboys receiver (knee) ‘not ruled out’ vs. Packers Will a mysterious absence distract the Bears from the first ever NFL game played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?We dive into the latest news regarding Roquan Smith and other headlines from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes. Three things that matterRoquan Smith remains away from teamThe star linebacker was listed as a surprise inactive just before Sunday’s win over the Vikings for a “personal issue,” and it was rumored he had not been acting like himself around the team facilities in recent days. Bears coach Matt Nagy declined to provide any new details on the situation Monday.”He’s completely a personal issue,” he told reporters. “It’s for us something that we’re going to leave at that right now.” Related News When pushed for more information on Smith’s status and availability for Sunday, Nagy stood firm.”Personal issue,” he repeated. “I’m just going to say it was a personal issue. I’m not getting into anything else until… I’m just going to completely keep it at that.”Panthers place Kawann Short on season-ending IRThe team announced the All-Pro defensive lineman has a partially torn rotator cuff that initially was suffered in the team’s Week 2 loss to the Buccaneers. Short has spent the last two games on the sidelines, and will be staying put the rest of the year.”KK has done everything he could possibly do to try to play these past two games,” general manager Marty Hurney said, “but we have made the decision that it is in the best long-term interest of KK and the team that he undergo surgery to fix his shoulder and focus on his rehab and get ready for next season.”It’s another huge loss for the Panthers, who are already without quarterback Cam Newton, though Kyle Allen has gone 2-0 in his two starts this season, so Carolina has been able to stay afloat in his absence.Cowboys get ‘best news’ for Tyron Smith’s ankleThe Pro Bowl left tackle suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Saints and needed to be carted off the sideline. While Jerry Jones said it’s “unlikely” Smith plays this week against the Packers, the Cowboys owner is optimistic he won’t be missing in action long.”We got the best news we could possibly get,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “We couldn’t have asked for better news. Looking forward to having him back out there quick.”Two things that don’t matterKhalil Mack hoped to be a Raider for lifeThe Bears linebacker thought he found his home in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him fifth overall in 2014, but a blockbuster trade last September changed that. Now, Mack is gearing up to face his former team for the first time since he was dealt.”That’s the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things,” Mack said, per ESPN. “It’s the business side of it that doesn’t really let you do that.”It’s another game, man. It’s going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it’s going to be a good one. Can’t wait.”Miami vendor charged fan $724 for two beersOverpriced refreshments at stadiums are a joke, but this fan wasn’t laughing when his bank alerted him of the fraudulent transaction after his credit card was scanned to a personal card reader.Nathaniel Collier was arrested and will face two felony charges for his alleged scam at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium during Sunday’s Dolphins-Chargers game, including third-degree grand theft and possession of a skimming device.Fortunately the fan received a refund, and Collier was fired by the independent contractor that hired him. One video you have to seeThe Rams offered fans a glimpse at the progress made on their new stadium.”This could only happen here in Los Angeles.”Our future home is coming along! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Y0E1WEDG6G— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) October 1, 2019Tuesday’s tweet of the dayCould Dez Bryant swoop in to save one of the six remaining teams still in search of a win?I plan on it.. https://t.co/XpMCms4zxy— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) October 1, 2019