Video games aren't what they used to be. They're much more advanced, they help us get fit.
And now they're now being used to track concussions.
After missing several weeks because of a head injury, Anthony Flowers is finally back in the game.
And while he doesn't remember the kick to the head that sidelined him, he says he'll never forget the feeling of his first concussion.
Anthony says, "I had a headache, I was nauseous for a little bit. Really slow, it kind of took me a while to get used to kind of moving again."
Before being allowed to return to normal activities, concussion patients like Anthony are put through a battery of tests.
Athletic trainers look for errors in everything from eye exams to balance tests.
But with current methods there can be drawbacks. Dr. Tamerah Hunt, with Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center says, "It's very subjective in how you measure the errors and it might also have some differences between testers."
So in an effort to make concussion tests more consistent, trainers are turning to video games.
Researchers are using things like yoga games to analyze balance and even social media themed games to chart mental progress.
Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, with Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center says, "We're trying to make the process of recovery a little bit more engaging for patients, and also make their data, their information, their outcomes, a little more transparent to them."
Experts say there are more expensive and complex machines for testing a patient's progress, but studies show games may be just as reliable.
Not only are the results consistent, but athletes often relish the challenge.
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