We’ve written extensively on Scope about concussions in football. Numerous researchers here are investigating and working to prevent the problem, and in the above video some of them describe their efforts.
Athletic trainer Scott Anderson says of one of their studies, “by doing this… we’re really looking at, for the first time, what happens to the head and the neck when someone runs into somebody else.” And in an accompanying article today, bioengineer David Camarillo, PhD, explains that once there’s a better understanding of the mechanism of a concussion, “we can start zeroing in and prototyping technologies that may reduce the likelihood of sustaining an injury in the first place.”
Previously: Mental and emotional costs of a concussion, A conversation with Daniel Garza about football and concussions, High-tech mouthpieces used to advance medical understanding of concussions in football, Researchers develop new test for diagnosing concussions on the sidelines, Deceased athletes’ brains reveal the effects of head injuries and When can athletes return to play? Stanford researchers provide guidance