The games we love are here to stay. Sports like football, hockey, soccer and lacrosse are enmeshed in our athletic culture, and the lessons and joy we take from those pursuits cannot be replaced. But each sport has a significant risk of head trauma for athletes, and it's one that has been overlooked for far too long.
"One of the things we know, without question, is that no head trauma is good head trauma," Dr. Robert Cantu, one of the country's foremost experts on concussions, told ThePostGame. "You cannot condition the brain to take trauma. You can only injure it."
So now that we as a society understand just how dangerous concussions are, it's our collective obligation to provide athletes with technology that can quickly and accurately diagnose an injury.
What medical advancements are researchers using to assess head trauma? What measures can be implemented to prevent concussions before they happen? In this feature, ThePostGame delves into the burgeoning realm of concussion technology and how theory is being put into practice: