New research done has tracked hidden school football brain injuries in students of different ages. The research is directed at studying high school football players' brain waves. The researchers strapped brain sensors to the players' heads and asked them to wear helmets while playing. The sensors tracked how a blunt force to the head affects the brain even when a player wears a protective helmet. The researchers are building on past research they have already conducted that shows helmets typically protect skulls against fracture, but do little to prevent the internal rotation of the brain, the basis of a concussion. Concussions can be hidden and more serious than a skull fracture. A skull fracture would heal, while a hidden brain injury may not.
Unfortunately, helmets do not do very much to limit the risk of concussion. Over the last few decades, helmets have grown heavier and larger to protect players, but that's created a new problem. Putting a helmet on that weighs about 40% of a child's head creates a problem with neck strains, as the players' necks are not strong enough to support that.
Previous research on brain waves focused on work inside laboratories, due to the difficulty of real-time EEG monitoring on the field. The sensors isolate data that tracks movement of the brain from such things as movement of hair or the helmet. They plan to use the data they collect to develop a new sensor that tracks real-time concussions. Of the helmets they've tested in their own laboratory, the researchers only found about a 60% rate of protection, which was the best indicator. The worst offered no protection against concussions at all.
Ultimately, they hope their work will influence better helmet manufacturing, or potentially even change the rules of the game altogether. Many players participating in the study, eagerly agreed to wear the sensors admitting they are scared to play, because of the long-term effects of brain injury, like early onset dementia.
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