I101 GROUP PROJECT:
CONCUSSIONS IN
FOOTBALL
Michael Muzek, William Dolan, Kevin Kurtz,
Adam Keyes
INTRODUCTION
Problem Space & Scope
SCENARIO
Scenario
• You are a football player in the middle of a big game.
• Do you keep playing with a headache, or sit out?
• Pre...
Scenario (cont.)
• Supposed to wait until after symptoms gone, but you have
a headache
• Another big game coming up, do yo...
Scenario (cont.)
• Physical problems
• Academic problems
• Emotional problems
RESEARCH
Concussions in Sports
• Concussion is a common athletic injury experienced by
approximately 300,000 youths each year
• Mor...
Concussions in Sports
Concussions in Football
• 3.8 million concussions occur in the USA per year during
competitive sports
• however, as many a...
Real Life Concussions
• Kevin Clifton
• Nick Tomessetti
• Natasha Richardson (Liam Neeson’s Wife)
SOLUTIONS
People are staring to apply some new technology that will
revolutionize equipment in sports, especially football.
Mouth Guards
• The researchers are also developing a mouth guard with
a motion-recording accelerometer inside to monitor
c...
Helmets
• New football helmet will be ready in 2015 and will have a
Kevlar based frame, rams horn inspired inner foam lini...
Apps
• The concussion detection software is an app on a mobile
device, and will notify trainers if a football player has b...
Pig Brains
• Not only is the helmet designed with real brain
simulations, it's also tested with real pig brains to better
...
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  1. 1. I101 GROUP PROJECT: CONCUSSIONS IN FOOTBALL Michael Muzek, William Dolan, Kevin Kurtz, Adam Keyes
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Problem Space & Scope
  3. 3. SCENARIO
  4. 4. Scenario • You are a football player in the middle of a big game. • Do you keep playing with a headache, or sit out? • Pressure from team, coaches, friends, family
  5. 5. Scenario (cont.) • Supposed to wait until after symptoms gone, but you have a headache • Another big game coming up, do you play? • Bump heads again, this time you are out cold
  6. 6. Scenario (cont.) • Physical problems • Academic problems • Emotional problems
  7. 7. RESEARCH
  8. 8. Concussions in Sports • Concussion is a common athletic injury experienced by approximately 300,000 youths each year • More common is postconcussive syndrome (PCS), which consists of such cognitive and physical symptoms as headache, anxiety, vertigo, nausea, and hallucinations. An estimated 30 percent of professional football players suffer from PCS • Long term Symptoms: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  9. 9. Concussions in Sports
  10. 10. Concussions in Football • 3.8 million concussions occur in the USA per year during competitive sports • however, as many as 50% of the concussions may go unreported • During the first 16 weeks of the 2012 and 2013 NFL regular seasons, 300 concussions, involving 284 players, were reported • 64.3 primary cases per 10,000 game exposures
  11. 11. Real Life Concussions • Kevin Clifton • Nick Tomessetti • Natasha Richardson (Liam Neeson’s Wife)
  12. 12. SOLUTIONS People are staring to apply some new technology that will revolutionize equipment in sports, especially football.
  13. 13. Mouth Guards • The researchers are also developing a mouth guard with a motion-recording accelerometer inside to monitor concussions.
  14. 14. Helmets • New football helmet will be ready in 2015 and will have a Kevlar based frame, rams horn inspired inner foam lining, and a magnesium alloy face mask.
  15. 15. Apps • The concussion detection software is an app on a mobile device, and will notify trainers if a football player has been hit at a dangerous level.
  16. 16. Pig Brains • Not only is the helmet designed with real brain simulations, it's also tested with real pig brains to better understand concussions in the game of football.
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