More than 20 UCLA football players have begun wearing helmets equipped with sensors that "measure hits to the head," the school announced Friday.
The sensors are part of an ongoing effort by UCLA researchers and the athletic department to better understand the effects of head injuries and concussions. Accelerometers in the helmets detect hits with over 90 degrees of force, which alerts trainers on the sidelines to examine the health of the affected player at the next available opportunity. UCLA joins a handful of other schools, including
"It measures the multitude of forces, it inputs all the data, and comes up with a picture of where the actual impact occurs," said Max Zeiger, clinic and research coordinator at UCLA.
The funding for the sensors — which costs roughly $100,000 — was provided by New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch. In May 2014, Tisch donated $10 million to the school's concussion clinic, which has since been renamed the Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. On Wednesday, Tisch visited UCLA to examine the program's progress.
"In some ways, this is a real pilot project, and I think a lot of people are going to be watching the work coming out of UCLA," Tisch said.
UCLA is participating in a national study by