Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Football Concussion Sensor

PostedSeptember 16, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  The football helmets contain an array of six tiny sensors.  Rick Greenwald, CEO at the bioengineering company Simbex, says they record impact accelerations.

Rick Greenwald:  The data tell you how hard and how often and where you've gotten hit.

Randy Atkins:  As many as two-hundred helmets can be monitored on one playing field.

Rick Greenwald:  The information is transmitted in real time to the sidelines, and when impact exceeds pre-set thresholds a beeper goes off on the medical staff's belt, and then they're directed to look at that player.

Randy Atkins:  It could both detect injury and lead to ideas for engineering better helmets.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.