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Smartfoam helmets could help NFL coaches diagnose concussions

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  • A team of scientists from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, has developed a smartfoam-based sensor system capable of detecting the severity of a collision in real time.
  • Previous attempts to use technology to determine the power, and potential damage stemming from an impact, made use of accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors mounted on an athlete’s helmet or mouth guard.
  • The new foam-based sensor pioneered by the team from BYU is capable of creating a clearer indication of the power of a hit by measuring the acceleration, impact energy, impact velocity and location of a collision in real time.
  • The system, known as an XOnano smartfoam sensor, does not add bulk to the safety gear, but instead replaces the standard foam interior used in traditional football helmets and pads.
  • According to the team, the foam sensors determined the acceleration, impact energy, impact velocity, and location of collisions with 90 percent accuracy.

A team of scientists from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, has developed a smartfoam-based sensor system that could give NFL coaches the tools they need to catch concussions as they happen, and take appropriate action.

A team of scientists from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, has developed a smartfoam-based sensor system capable of detecting the severity of a collision in real time. When applied to American football pads and helmets, the sensors could give coaches the tools they need to catch concussions as they happen, and take appropriate action.American Football has the highest rate of concussions of any contact sport played in the US. Whilst the NFL and its partners have attempted to reduce the risk to players by enacting numerous rule-changes and supporting research into the next generation of protective gear, the fact remains that incidents of traumatic head injuries are, and likely always will be, an inevitable aspect of the game.

One of the problems faced by NFL teams is the ability to identify when an athlete may have suffered a concussion. Previous attempts to use technology to determine the power, and potential damage stemming from an impact, made use of accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors mounted on an athlete’s helmet or mouth guard.

Whilst these methods allow scientists to observe the acceleration and direction of movement of an athlete’s head following a hit, they provide little information regarding the impact energy of a collision.

The new foam-based sensor pioneered by the team from BYU is capable of creating a clearer indication of the power of a hit by measuring the acceleration, impact energy,…

Smartfoam helmets could help NFL coaches diagnose concussions

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