Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Football Brain Strain

PostedNovember 27, 2003

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Wayne State bio-engineer Dr. Albert King refers to football fields as "wonderful laboratories" for figuring out how people, like Redskin quarterback Patrick Ramsey, get knocked silly.  Bio-mechanical engineers are re-creating player collisions with dummies to figure out which hits cause concussions.  The data also allows Dr. King to see what happens within the brain during a major head-butting.  He's using an engineering technique that usually tests stress on buildings and bridges, but in this case, it's pinpointing exactly where brain bruising is most intense—information that can be matched to symptoms.  Dr. King hopes his work will inspire better ways of protecting not just football players, but accident victims as well.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.