Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Biomechanics and Concussion Prevention

Biomechanics and Concussion PreventionMinds Matter team conducting head impact sensor research

The use of biomedical engineering and biomechanics enables the Minds Matter research team to study how the human body reacts to forces that can cause concussions. Specifically, in the Head Impact Sensor line of research, the team conducts biomedical engineering research to understand how biomechanical loads and impact exposures lead to injuries and deficits in human physiological function. This research has led a focus on evaluating the accuracy of the head impact sensors used in sports and will provide design implications for future sensors.

Head Impact Sensor Research

Minds Matter researchers are deploying head impact sensors to quantify biomechanical load exposure by sport and sex, and relationships between load exposure and neuro-functional metrics. Integrated with other research aims and methods, research using head impact sensors will provide new knowledge regarding high-risk biomechanical settings for the young brain. Read more about this line of research.

NFL Engineering Roadmap

Through its Co-Director Kristy Arbogast, PhD, Minds Matter plays a leadership role in the NFL’s Engineering Roadmap-- helping to set and oversee the implementation of this initiative’s research plan.  In 2016, the League pledged $60 million over the next five years to improve the understanding of injury prevention in professional football and to create incentives for small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment.  The primary purpose of the Engineering Roadmap is to stimulate innovation in a very open and transparent way to improve the safety of the game. This body of work will provided needed understanding, at a very detailed mechanical level, of the scenarios in which injuries are happening and provide the data to direct the development of evidence-based innovations.

Read CHOP’s Bench to Bedside for Dr. Arbogast’s perspective

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