BLACKSBURG, Va. (CBS DC) – With growing concerns about the effects of concussions on current and former football players, researchers are racing to find ways of preventing brain injuries.
Experts say redesigning the football helmet is key, and now a new study points the way to what a better helmet will look like.
Researchers at 8 colleges with football teams, including Virginia Tech, placed sensors in the helmets of 1,833 players.
About half the players wore a Riddell VSR4 helmet, the rest wore Riddell’s Revolution helmet.
During the course of six seasons of study, from 2005 through 2010, the sensors recorded over a million head impacts.
The researchers examined the rates of concussions for the players.
What they found was the Revolution helmet reduced concussions by 54 percent.
The study authors found that the Revolution design was able to more safely transfer the energy from a hit, thus slowing the acceleration of the head, one of the prime causes of concussion.
While the authors remind us that no helmet can 100% reduce concussions, better designed helmets and changes in the rules of footbal and the training of players can make the game significantly safer for all players.
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