Navigation Links
New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets
Date:1/30/2014

Football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions, according to a new study by some of the nation's leading concussion researchers published today in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

The study analyzed head impact data compiled from eight collegiate football teams that included Virginia Tech, University of North Carolina, University of Oklahoma, Dartmouth College, Brown University, University of Minnesota, Indiana University, and University of Illinois. Six years of data were collected between 2005 and 2010. During this time a total of 1833 players wore helmets that were equipped with sensors to measure the biomechanics of over one million head impacts. All players either wore a Riddell VSR4 or Riddell Revolution helmet. The researchers compared the rates of concussion between the two helmet types.

The manuscript reports a 54 percent reduction in concussion risk for players in the Riddell Revolution compared to players in the VSR4 helmet. "This is the first study to control for the number of times players hit their heads when comparing helmet types," said Steve Rowson, lead author and an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. "No previous study has been able to account for this variable. Controlling for head impacts allows you to compare apples to apples. For example, you're not comparing a player in one helmet who rarely gets hit to a player in another helmet type who frequently gets hit."

The sensors in the helmets measured head acceleration for each impact players experienced. Players in the VSR4 helmets experienced higher head accelerations resulting from impact than players in Revolution helmets. The authors attribute this to the Revolution helmets better modulating the energy transfer from the impact to the head, which results in lower head accelerations. "Helmets that better lower head acceleration reduce concussion risk," Rowson said.

The authors stress that no helmet will ever be able to prevent all concussions. "While some helmets will reduce risk more than others, no helmet can eliminate risk," said Stefan Duma, professor and head of the Virginia Tech Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. Better helmet design is just one of many strategies that play a role in reducing concussions in football. "The most effective strategies are altering league rules and teaching players better techniques. These strategies focus on reducing the number of head impacts that players experience," Duma added. "However, head impacts in football will always occur, even with the best rules and technique. This is where improving helmet design to best reduce concussion risk becomes critical. Our data clearly demonstrate that this is possible."


'/>"/>

Contact: Lynn Nystrom
tansy@vt.edu
540-231-4371
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. New study finds no reason to replace fructose with glucose
2. New study examines the effects of catch-and-release fishing on sharks
3. Scientists develop an engineered cardiac tissue model to study the human heart
4. New study suggests choline recommendations during pregnancy may be too low
5. Study measures how well Asian carp prevention effort will work
6. 80 million SEK study seeks to explain what drives our appetites
7. Study identifies high level of food insecurity among college students
8. £7.4 million study seeks to explain what drives our appetites
9. New study changes conceptions about the determinants of skull development and form
10. Landmark egg production study reveals reduction in environmental impact over past 50 years
11. Study identifies gene tied to motor neuron loss in ALS
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets
(Date:6/14/2017)... IBM ) is introducing several innovative partner startups at ... between startups and global businesses, taking place in ... startups will showcase the solutions they have built with IBM ... France is one of the most ... increase in the number of startups created between 2012 and ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... --  Bridge Patient Portal , an enterprise patient ... Systems , an electronic medical record solutions developer ... a partnership to build an interface between the ... products, including Centricity Practice Solution (CPS), Centricity Business ... integrations will allow healthcare delivery networks using GE ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... York , April 19, 2017 ... as its vendor landscape is marked by the presence ... market is however held by five major players - ... Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% of the ... the leading companies in the global military biometrics market ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/14/2017)... ... July 13, 2017 , ... Dr. Joshua Mondlick has introduced the LANAP® protocol ... Mondlick Perio, in the Phoenix area. Dr. Mondlick is at the forefront ... cleared laser treatment to re-grow bone and with significantly less pain than traditional surgery ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 13, 2017 , ... Thousands of ... and August for the National Aeromodeling Championships (Nats). Pilots come to Muncie to compete ... to earn spots on US teams that participate in world championships. , RC Pylon ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... , ... July 13, 2017 , ... ... two spectrophotometer calibration standards. Blast forward seven years and now they are ... holmium oxide for wavelength accuracy, and resolution testing. , ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... ... July 13, 2017 , ... Trinity Sterile, ... reusable medical supplies has chosen The Copley Consulting Group to implement and deploy ... to align its internal and backend operations to streamline efficiencies to meet the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: