Engineering Researchers Address Football Safety at Workshop

Howard University held its first Football Safety Research Workshop on July 1 to address the gaps in concussion research knowledge and the effects of concussions on brain development in young athletes.
“We wanted to get the faculty in the College of Engineering, Architecture & Computer Sciences school more involved in the data collection, diagnostic testing and treatment options for players to better examine these (concussion) problems,” said Dr. Gary Harris, Howard University’s associate provost for research and graduate studies. “The research workshop was an important advance in that direction.”

Harris demonstrated “accelerometer” technology, a device designed to be placed inside an athlete’s football helmet to measure G-force impact of hits. The workshop also featured emerging technologies to “train the brain,” virtual training technologies and methods to improve football tackling and blocking to lessen physical impact.

Read the full article on the Howard Newsroom website.

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