Brigham Young University’s biomedical engineers have developed a nanocomposite smart-foam lining for the football helmet, which measures the injuries while playing football and helps the coach determine the possibility of brain injury. American football has the highest number of head injuries and breathing-related problems due to the nature of the games and practice.
Recent research has linked concussions to long-term health complications such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy and early onset Alzheimer’s.
The football player has concussion’s risk during the game. If a player collides during the game, then it’s hard to find out whether the player should continue playing or stop playing. It is not necessary to have concussions during every collision, but playing with brain injuries can be very dangerous.
An engineer involved in research, Jake Merrell, says that “measuring the intensity of collision during the game is not enough.” He stated that “our smart-foam sensors measure a lot in addition to the intensity of the confrontation, by which we can find out more about head injuries.”
This smart foam can be a replacement of the standard foam, which can measure the energy impact, acceleration, and impact velocity. This is the first such system which can successfully measure the speed and effect of the collision, which is very important to detect the concussion risk.