Tuesday, September 13, 2011

College Football: New Data on Concussion by Position

Linemen and linebackers take more hits, but quarterbacks and running backs get hit harder, says a new Brown and Dartmouth University study published in the Journal of Biomechanics. Researchers quantified impacts to the helmet and head acceleration, the primary cause of concussion and traumatic brain injuries that trouble the sport. Using helmets equipped with wireless sensors they recorded (gasp!) 286,636 head impacts on 314 players at three institutions over three seasons. The results may soon inform rules changes and helmet design. They might want to start with wireless sensors for everybody. Read more about the study on Science Daily.

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