LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University and Jeff High School are teaming up to reducesports-related injuries. Purdue researchers and Jeff HighSchool football players are working together on a helmet safetystudy. Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor TomTalavage said researchers will study the impact of hits on players,as well as and preand post-concussion data.
He said that research could help prevent injuries on thefield.
Each player received an M.R.I. prior to the study, and if astudent gets a concussion they will be checked out onceagain. Talavage said researchers will study the high schoolplayers over the next several years.
"What's exciting to us it to be doing this at the high schoollevel, where you are still dealing with individuals whose brainsare developing, whose bodies are maturing still. Anything wecan do at this stage to prevent these types of injuries, especiallylong term consequences is a big plus," said Talavage.
Six sensors were installed in 25 players' helmets in orderto prevent future sports related injuries. The sensors in thehelmets calculate the impact of each hit. Jeff Football playerCurtis Vice had a concussion in the past, he said he's glad to bepart of the study.
"They kind of put a little pressure on the head, but I'm happywe have them, because I had a concussion last year and I dontreally want to get another one. I couldn't rememberanything, just blacked out fell down," said Vice.
Head Coach Andy Kennedy says Jeff High School is the first inthe state to take part in such a project. He said he'sexcited to see the results of the study.
"If Jeff Smith gets hit hard, how does he react the next 3plays. Does he still function after registering a big hit ordoes it take him a few plays to kind of shake the cobwebs off andkeep going," said Kennedy.
The cost for the study is $170,000 and it's being funded by theIndiana State Department of Health and General Electric Healthcare.
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