Football Helmets Don’t Immobilize the Head During Impact

“Bio mechanical researchers have long understood that rotational forces, not linear forces, are responsible for serious brain damage. Including concussions, brain injury complications and brain bleeds.” (55) Rotational acceleration is defined as “when the head comes to a sudden stop, if it’s rotating, and the brain material is twisting inside […] Read more »

Football Safety and Helmet Weight

While significant research on football helmets has been aimed at reducing concussions, a recent study focused on the effect of “helmet mass (weight) on head and upper neck responses” concluded that the increased weight and mass of the helmet “is a possible explanation as to why there has not been […] Read more »

Football Safety and Impact Anticipation

A football players ability to anticipate football impact and stabilize or brace the head and neck prior to contact is paramount to head and neck safety. Dr. Karen Johnson a recognized Canadian concussion researcher stated a “force to concuss a fixed neck is twice that of a mobile neck” while […] Read more »

Football MOUTH GUARDS & Reduced Head Acceleration

It has been well established stabilizing the head and neck in football is critical to reducing concussions. Some evidence now suggests that clenching on a mouthguard decreases head acceleration prior to impact in studies involving rugby drills/tackling and soccer heading. This research reports a significant reduction in head acceleration when […] Read more »

Football Safety and Science

As reported by Life Science there are “5 ways Science could make Football Safer”. #1 Define Concussions, #2 New Helmets, #3 NECK STABILIZATION , #4 Mouthguards, #5 Helmetless Training NECK STABILIZATION Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, a neurosurgeon and director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center and Erik Swartz, professor […] Read more »

Football Impact, “New Technology” to Reduce Rotational Acceleration Part 2

Kansas City Researcher Chi-ming Huang, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been developing an “active helmet” that “dissipates impact energy away from the head and neck to other parts of the body” utilizing rods from the helmet to the shoulder pads that stabilize […] Read more »