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Building a concussion-proof helmet: A Stanford bioengineer shares his findings at TEDxStanford

Stanford bioengineer David Camarillo, PhD, played football for 10 years and he's received two concussions. But his head injuries weren't from football: They were from bike accidents.

In his newly released talk from TEDxStanford 2016, Camarillo explains how much of what we think we know about concussions is wrong. According to Camarillo, our misconceptions about concussions are not limited to their cause, diagnosis and treatment. Many people also believe that no helmet can truly protect the brain, but Camarillo believes otherwise.

Camarillo’s research focuses on understanding and preventing traumatic brain injury. To gain insights on the forces at work when people suffer a blow to the head, his lab outfits football players with special mouth guards that contain sensors to measures how the head moves when it’s hit.

In the talk, Camarillo shares what he and his colleagues have learned about the cause of concussions and how they’re working to use their findings to design a concussion-proof helmet. It’s an eye-opening video that’s worth a watch.

Previously: Study shows football helmet safety tests may not capture common cause of concussions, Stanford bioengineers and clinicians team up to shed light on how concussions affect the brain, and Forces at work in concussions more complicated than previously thought, new Stanford study reveals.
Video courtesy of TEDxStanford

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