Clarkston doctor creates way to track athletes' neurological health

Concussions - it’s the talk of football from the pee wees to the pros. 

“My dad actually got drafted by the Cleveland Browns, he was a quarterback so football has always been a big part of our family life,” said Dr. Cody Senkyr. 

Dr. Senkyr followed suit, playing football from elementary school into college.

“Didn’t actually get a diagnosed concussion, I never did, but after every game I had a headache,” he said.

His history on the field inspired his career as a chiropractor and his latest project. He launched a program to test student athletes on their neurological capabilities to create a baseline. So, if they take a hit on the field, Senkyr can tell how much damage is being done.

“It started because I’m seeing all these athletes and seeing concussions absolutely on the rise,” he said.

On top traditional of X-rays and orthopedic testing, he’s using a new FDA approved app called Sway Medical. Unlike an MRI machine it gives real time feedback to the doctor and his patients.

“You put it against your chest and it can judge any kind of movement that is happening based on the different positions that we put the athlete in,” he said.

The results then compared to normal neurological activity, then Senkyr can suggest chiropractic strategies to heal the brain or in serious cases refer to a neurologist.

Senkyr says the NFL is using the Sway Medical app this season on the sidelines as part of their concussion protocol.

“We want to make sure we’re absolutely sure they are going back on the field when they’re ready,” he said.

Right now, Senkyr is focusing on Clarkston High School athletes, but says he wouldn’t turn down anyone to wants to get their child tested.

“That can help give parents piece of mind that  you’re doing the right step to ensure their safety,” he said.