Recent research has shown that an accumulation of smaller hits can be as dangerous as a big one, and that rotational acceleration (as in a spinning object) can also cause head injury.
“Head injuries and head impacts are pervasive in sports – and it’s very difficult to know what happened out on the field,” says MC10 CEO David Icke. “Only a few of the total number of incidents are witnessed by somebody,”
Football helmets with sensors can cost between $200 and $1,000. The new cap, Icke says, can be broadly available to youth programs, high school programs, and professional programs. No price for now.
The unobtrusive cap can be worn with or without helmets – which can be useful for unhelmeted sports like basketball and soccer.
[Via Technology Review]
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