In response to the growing number of concussions among National Football League (NFL) players, scientists from Wright State University proposed to research prevention techniques for violent brain injuries.
"The players keep getting bigger, stronger and faster, and the equipment we have to protect them isn't keeping up," said Mandy Cowgill, a biomedical engineering student who is involved in the Wright State research.
The school submitted a research proposal to NFL Charities for grant funding.
The researchers hope to review X-rays, MRI and other medical imaging data to uncover how much force is required to produce a concussion and brain injury.
"Because we can't see what's going on inside the skull, it's really hard to know how the brain is moving and what is being damaged," said Tarun Goswami, the student who organized the research effort. "We don't have specifically quantified numbers to explain if you get hit at this velocity and you fall at this rate, you're going to get a concussion."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury annually.
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