New Helmet Designs Effective At Reducing Concussions, Study Finds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Helmet Designs Effective At Reducing Concussions, Study Finds

Play associated audio

A new study from Virginia Tech shows football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions.

Between 2005 and 2010, more than 1,800 football players from Virginia Tech and six other colleges and universities around the country wore helmets equipped with sensors to measure the biomechanics of head impacts. The players either wore a Riddell VSR4 or Riddell Revolution helmet and the sensors recorded over one million hits.

Tech researcher Steve Rowson says the Revolution helmet's padding was 40 percent thicker than the other helmet.

"This additional padding creates the ability to better reduce head acceleration for a given impact," Rowson says.

Rowson says reducing the acceleration of the head thereby lessens the risk of a concussion. The result of the study was a 54 percent reduction in concussion risk for players wearing the Revolution helmet. He says future studies should include more types of helmets and a larger sample of players.

"It's critical that future studies control for the number of times each helmet is impacted," Rowson says.

Rowson feels there will never be a concussion-proof helmet. He says additional precautions should be taken to prevent injury including changing the league rules on head contact.

NPR

Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Will Become Of Obama's Request For Immigration Relief Funds?

NPR's Arun Rath talks to political correspondent Mara Liasson about the chances of a political agreement over how to handle the migration of thousands of Central American children.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.