http://innovation-gamechangers.com/ This is our take on the most innovative brain research on CTE and the latest helmet to prevent it. The research is coming out of Boston University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association www.ama.org. The scientific researchers found CTE – Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy – in 99% of the brains obtained from deceased NFL players, 91% of the brains obtained from deceased college football players and in 21% of the brains obtained from deceased high school football players. This indicates that traumatic brain injury may be far more common than previously thought. Scientists hope that the research will lead to a better understanding of the disease and how to start treating it.
CTE is a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in people with repeated head trauma. According to BU School of Medicine Asst. Professor Jesse Mez: “The data suggests there is very likely a relationship between exposure to football and the risk of developing the disease.”
This is the largest and most rigorous study of CTE. It’s being led by the Director of BU’s CTE Center Dr. Ann McKee. Of the 202 brains studied, the research team diagnosed 177 with CTE, including 110 of the 111 NFL players or 99%. The problem seems to get worse for athletes over years of head hits and injuries. Research has focused on football but any head repetitive hits in sports are relevant.
Meanwhile, a pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Sam Browd of Washington state has come up with a stronger, safer football helmet. For decades, football players have worn hard plastic helmets. Dr. Browd has come up with an innovation gamechanger. The outer shell of the helmet is composed of a flexible polymer. That enables the helmet to act like a car bumper — cushioning the impact. He’s created a company VICISZero1. And the helmet Zero1, which has been bankrolled with $40 million in investment money, earned the top spot in the NFL’s annual helmet testing for the ability to reduce the forces that lead to brain injury. It’s being used by at least 18 NFL and 20 college teams
Boston University’s CTE Center’s research efforts and Dr. Sam Browd’s Zero1 helmet are http://innovation-gamechangers.com sterling examples of innovation and hopefully will lead to a safer future for student and professional athletes in football and other sports.