Physics professor looks into how helmet design relates to concussions

November 5, 2012

Topic: common football injuries

A new sensor that can detect the severity of a hit in a sport such as football may soon be on the market.

It's no secret that concussions are common football injuries. To address this problem, researchers from the Naval Academy looked at the effect of helmet-to-helmet hits.

Murray Korman, a physics professor at the Annapolis military college, took football helmets and stuffed them with various materials that represented a player's head and brain, the Baltimore Sun reported. He then had them collide with each other.

By studying this action, researchers could look at the physics component of a concussion-causing hit, such as the vibrations, instead of just how it affects the brain. This could help the manufacturers who create these sport helmets design them better in order to prevent concussions from occurring and increase football injury prevention.

"I think down the road some kind of helmet designed like a car bumper to absorb shock is the way to go," Korman told the news source.

In July 2012, a study reported that, since 2009, concussions among football players at three U.S. service academies increased, according to HealthDay. Such growth was a result of a new initiative set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that required all athletic programs to report any signs or symptoms of a concussion.

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