You wouldn’t let your child drink a glass of cognac or smoke a cigarette, so why would you send him out on a football field to risk brain damage? It’s a question Dr. Bennet Omalu — a forensic pathologist whose discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy was portrayed in the Will Smith film “Concussion” — wants parents to consider. He warns that children who play football, hockey and lacrosse could face a lifetime of health consequences and details his findings in his new book, “Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports.”
While some companies focus on collision-absorbent helmets, Q30 aims to protect the brain from inside the skull.
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has announced 77 finalists for its 2017 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), and the Q-Collar made the list.
Promising results were published last month in the Journal of Neurotrauma, regarding a local concussion study performed by Cincinnati Children’s which has followed high school football players from Archbishop Moeller and St. Xavier in testing the effectiveness of a device known as the “Q-Collar” on the front lines of the battle against brain trauma.
Q30 Innovations announced it has won the 2017 Alpha Award for Best Analytics Innovation/Technology for its Q-Collar – a novel device designed to mitigate the dangers of concussive blows. The award was presented by the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) advisory board, whose Alpha Awards recognize achievements in sports analytics and innovation.
For more than a century, the effort to make football safer has been focused on improving helmet technology, but helmets work to prevent skull fractures and can’t prevent brain injuries. A new product being developed by a team that includes a Franklin College alumnus could end up being the answer.
Sensors built into mouthguards or worn on the body are helping researchers understand how high-speed impacts damage the human body
A new, non-helmet based device which aims to mitigate the threat of concussions and head trauma is spreading its investigatory studies into a second sport, girls soccer.
Last year, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced he was quitting football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: it’s a growing concern, particularly for teenaged athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may help protect athletes from such trauma in the future .
Reducing brain injuries in sports is a constant issue that is trying to be resolved by numerous innovations. Q30 Innovations may have developed the newest solution to reduce the impact of traumatic brain injuries with the creation of one of their newest products the Q-Collar.