Smart Football Helmets
November 23rd, 2007

The American football field is becoming a new scientific laboratory as high-technology helmets help doctors study concussions. The IHT reports.

Symbex, which develops technologies focused on sports injuries and rehabilitation, has put accelerometer chips from Analog Devices into football helmets that have been worn by hundreds of college and high school players. The helmets are fitted with the type of chip that gives the Nintendo Wii its motion-sensing magic.

The helmets give athletic trainers on the sidelines another way to monitor their players in real time, while also providing doctors with new insights into mild brain injuries.

“The helmet research helps us understand sports-related concussion and perhaps will lead to improvements in helmet technologies, or perhaps rule changes,” said Dr. Tom McAllister, director of neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School


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