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Why helmets do not protect against concussion?

  • Author:hopely
  • Release on :2017-08-02

Why helmets do not protect against concussion?
So how can we slow the head down?
A gigantic helmet. So with more space, you have more time, and this is a bit of a joke, but some of you may have seen this.
This is bubble soccer, and it's a real sport.
In fact, I saw some young adults playing this sport down the street from my house the other day,
and as far as I know there have been no reported concussions.
But in all seriousness, this principle does work, but this has gone too far.
This isn't something that's practical for bike riding or playing football.
And so we are collaborating with a company in Sweden called Hovding.
Some of you may have seen their work, and they're using the same principle of air to give you some extra space to prevent concussion.
Kids, don't try this at home please. This stuntman does not have a helmet.
He instead has a neck collar, and this neck collar has sensors in it, the same type of sensors that are in our mouthguard,
and it detects when he's likely to have a fall, and there's an airbag that explodes and triggers,
the same way that an airbag works in your car, essentially.
And in the experiments we've done in my lab with their device,
we found that it can greatly reduce the risk of concussion in some scenarios compared to a normal bicycle helmet.
So it's a pretty exciting development.

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