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Engineering Football Safety

UAB football crash dummiesIn the movie Concussion, Will Smith plays a Pittsburgh pathologist who uncovered a link between repeated concussions and brain damage in professional football players.
Engineers can’t change behavior. But they can design better helmets and other gear to reduce injuries. Some engineering students even play the game!

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Top Autoracing Safety Engineer Tackles Football

UAB football crash-test dummiesHe revolutionized safety in auto racing following the death of legendary racer Dale Earnhardt in 2001. Now Dean Sicking, a professor of engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is tackling football helmets in an effort to reduce brain injuries at every level of the sport.

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Student’s Invention Could Prevent Concussions

BYU student invents smart foamBrigham Young University engineering student Jake Merrell has created a “smart foam” that could be placed inside the helmets of football players to measure the impact of hits to the head, and could help prevent concussions while players are int the game.

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