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NFL and the US military have common ground in helmet safety

According to this month's issue of National Geographic magazine the NFL and military have a common ground in trying to protect the brains of our young men in "uniform". Previously, I posted on the new technology available at the University of North Carolina that places accelerometers inside helmets to measure the "g" forces of impacts as well as their location. According to National Geographic's report, one 21 year old defensive end took 537 hits to the head during a season of football. Two of those hits resulted in concussions. On average a football player at UNC takes 950 hits to the head during a season.  Research being conducted supports a finding that a lot of smaller hits may be worse than one big hit. The location, frequency and magnitude are all a part of assessing the overall damage. This topic has received a lot of media coverage this year. The NFL has changed some of its rules and congressional hearing are being held. With the US military becoming involved a whole new resource has become available. The article also discloses that advanced brain imaging techniques are being developed and even the use of genetic markers that could be used to identify chronic traumatic encephalopathy. All of this is good news for all of our young men and women whose most valuable resource - their brain - is often put in harm's way. Dennis F Feeley   

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