Are they testing the right thing, when they “prove” football helmets help prevent concussion?

Stanford research suggests football helmet tests may not account for concussion-prone actions

Photo by L.A. Cicero – A multiple exposure shows the effect of an impact to the top of the helmet in a laboratory experiment. The dummy head is mounted on a biofidelic neck, and helps to realistically reconstruct field impacts. New Stanford research suggests that current football helmet tests may miss concussion-prone actions.

Mounting evidence suggests that concussions in football are caused by the sudden rotation of the skull. David Camarillo’s lab at Stanford has evidence that suggests current football helmet tests don’t account for these movements.

When modern football helmets were introduced, they all but eliminated traumatic skull fractures caused by blunt force impacts. Mounting evidence, however, suggests that concussions are caused by a different type of head motion, namely brain and skull rotation.

Now, a group of Stanford engineers has produced a collection of results that suggest that current helmet-testing equipment and techniques are not optimized for evaluating these additional injury-causing elements.

The ideal way to test any protective gear is to gain a sense of what causes the trauma, set up a system that replicates the way the trauma occurs, and then evaluate the gear against the injury-causing criteria. For the past several years, David Camarillo, an assistant professor of bioengineering and, by courtesy, of mechanical engineering at Stanford, and his students have been collecting and analyzing data in hopes of identifying the signature skull motions that cause concussions.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

4 thoughts on “Are they testing the right thing, when they “prove” football helmets help prevent concussion?”

  1. When I see an offensive end coming across the middle to make catch while so exposed, it reminds me of myself deciding to skip the helmet while doing over 75 on freeways around trucks. Man, American Football is an exciting sport but sometimes I have to wonder do helmets really matter. Of course they do. Good post!

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  2. It’s true just 5 years ago i could be found without a helmet doing over 70 passing a truck.
    The bike was cheap 250 made over seas. Smallst legal bike allowed. And I was inexperienced.
    Wouldn’t want to think of surviving a freeway wreck. PTSD TBI’d person. Judgement huh?? Ok risking death is one thing but having an innocent trucker or mother in a mini-van feel somehow a little responsible for a mad bomber, evil knevil. A great walenda I wasn’t. I sold the bike. L.
    I used to pray that I didn’t wake-up. Now I pray I can sleep and deal with nightmares and the sleep disorders that came with concussions. That is progress. Next I pray for a safe place to work and a dark room to nap again on breaks. Onward. Forward. Hutt hutt.

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