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

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a standup routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

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