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High-Tech Helmets

By: Ray Hawthorne Email
By: Ray Hawthorne Email

Many of us sports fans cringe when a player takes a heavy hit. Now, researchers at the University of Minnesota have gone high-tech to prevent concussions.

A tiny sensor inside the padding of the helmet records the severity of the hits and transmits that information to a laptop computer. Trainers can then make better decisions on the severity of an injury and whether the player should be more closely examined off of the field.

University of Minnesota Equipment Manager Darin Kearns wouldn't take the job unless these special helmets are used.

"What this does, it takes the guess work out of it. We'll be able to read what's going on whether we see it or not."

The equipment costs $80,000, and as of now no NFL team uses this technology.


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