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Head Impact Detector

PostedSeptember 9, 2012

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Anchor Lede: Football helmets across the country, including at Virginia Tech, are now equipped with monitoring equipment to detect head impacts.

Randy Atkins: Helmets engineered by Simbex contain an array of six tiny sensors, which company president Rick Greenwald says record impact accelerations.

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

Randy Atkins: Simbex has data from more than 2-million head hits across all levels of play and is correlating that with injuries.

Rick Greenwald: With that information we can better understand what causes the injury and likewise how we might be able to build protective equipment or change rules to reduce the incidence and severity of these type of injuries.

Randy Atkins: Simbex says youth and collegiate football rules have already being changed based upon their findings. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.