Helmet Prototype Uses Magnets to Prevent Brain Injuries

Posted on Dec 04, 2014

football head injuriesFootball has a reputation for serious sports injuries. Particularly head injuries. In fact, this year the National Football League acknowledged in a New York Times piece that brain trauma will affect approximately one out of three professional football players. According to the article, "[The National Football League] expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems." How can individuals--both professional and otherwise--help reduce the risk of brain injuries that create life-long complications?

Dr. Raymond Colello, a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University, conceived of a new helmet design that incorporates magnets in a structure that might help minimize impacts to the head. The magnets are positioned in a way that would repel an object at impact. Although this design will not stop the impact altogether, it may significantly lessen the impact and reduce the severity of the brain trauma. Some magnets used in helmet experiments are capable of repelling 300 pounds of force, remarkably more efficient than modern traditional helmets now used.

No news on when and if these magnetic helmets will be available on the professional level, or in schools for student athletes. Until then it is best to use all safety gear and practices available to help minimize the risk sports players are exposed to. Earlier this year a football safety program in Wake County Schools was rolled out to help educate students. It's also important to seek medical treatment right away--even if the individual seems to be fine. Symptoms of brain injuries may take time to develop, and by then irreversible damage may have occurred. For student athletes in North Carolina, there are now laws governing unconfirmed brain damage. North Carolina passed a Concussion Awareness Act into law in 2011; this law provides that students who might have suffered a head injury during a sport practice or game are not permitted to continue playing until a medical professional has approved.

If your child or loved one was hurt while playing football and you suspect another party's negligence contributed to the injuries, first seek medical attention and maintain clear healthcare reports, then contact the injury attorneys in Cary with Brent Adams & Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for corrective surgeries, physical therapy, pain management, and more. As you begin your steps to physical recovery, we can help you understand your rights to financial recovery.

Although our firm has offices throughout the Piedmont region, there are many resources for brain injury survivors in the Cary area. For more information, learn about the Raleigh and Cary Brain Injury Support Groups.