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PA & NJ Traumatic Brain Injury News - NFL's Head Health Challenge


Posted on Aug 13, 2015

The NFL is making efforts to make football safer for players in response to increased media attention on the dangers of head/brain injuries in football and the recent head injury lawsuit filed by retired NFL players.

One of these efforts is the Head Health Challenge.  The NFL joined forces with General Electric to advance the development of technologies that can detect early stages of mild traumatic brain injuries.  The NFL and GE are committing up to $22 million to find innovative solutions.  Researchers submitted their proposals, and the NFL and its partners assessed the proposals and awarded grants. 

The initiative included three challenge topics.

  • Challenge I focused on discovering imaging and algorithms that will be able to better detect and analyze subtle changes in the brain.
  • Challenge II focused on new materials and technologies that can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and new tools for tracking head impacts in real time.
  • Challenge III focused on developing a range of materials that will absorb energy and mitigate impact.

Recently, the Head Health Challenge awarded a grant to two researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their research on traumatic injuries in athletes.

Cortical Metrics was awarded a $300,000 grant for the two founders’ invention that could make detecting brain injuries easier.  The “brain gauge” is a device that connects to most computers or laptops, and it is as small as a computer mouse.  The device sends vibrations to the fingertips and a simple test measures an individual’s brain health.  The researchers say that they want to develop a new technology that measures brain health in the same way individuals can measure their blood pressure at home.

According to the researchers, the key to the technology is not telling individuals they’ve been hit in the head; rather, the key is telling individuals they are recovering and doing the right things.

PA & NJ Sports Accidents & Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are often associated with contact sports like football.  Many times, traumatic injuries may have been avoided.  In such situations, injured athletes may have legal rights against responsible parties.

Daniel J. O’Brien, Esq. is a life-long athlete who has helped many injured athletes and individuals due to sports accidents in PA and NJ.  To schedule a FREE consultation, call  877.944.8396.

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