AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Smart Helmet for Football Players May Help Detect Concussions

Advanced impact sensors will provide medical personnel with data to help diagnose, treat concussions

A smart helmet that can help diagnose concussions in football players is being developed by medical students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Cetner El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso). “Concussions that go undiagnosed are a huge health problem, especially for football players,” says second-year TTUHSC El Paso medical student Derrick Oaxaca. “It is very common for athletes to remain in the game after experiencing concussion-like symptoms, receiving more impacts to the head – and that is when the brain becomes significantly damaged.” Scientists don’t know the exact force that will unequivocally result in a concussion. But recent research shows that a combination of data from the blow can help doctors make a more accurate diagnosis. These impact measurements – rotational acceleration, linear force or acceleration, duration of impact and location of impact – will each be recorded by the helmet’s sensors to provide a full medical assessment. To read more, click here.

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