UW-Madison & NFL Team for Head Injury Study Using Mouth Guard Sensors & Big Data

The National Football League (NFL) will benefit from college football study subjects in an investigation into the impacts of the heavy contact sport on  head injuries. Specifically, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) college football team members use high-tech mouthguard sensors that measure kinematic data points--from impact speed and direction to force, location and severity of head impacts.  Can all this collected data be used by the NFL (and hopefully college and even high school teams at some point) to inform how to mitigate and ultimately reduce injuries?  Football players of course must opt into the novel NFL study which involves a total of four academic medical centers.

Already UW ‘s School of Medicine and Public Health and the NFL announced a partnership to study the prevention and treatment of hamstring injuries for elite football players in a four-year, $4 million grant. 

Part of a $60m Program

This recently announced mouthguard sensor study is just part of the NFL’s $60 million effort to promote health and safety initiatives.  The NFL has partnered with UW and three other academic research centers to expand the leag...

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