Test & Measurement

Testing Head-Impact Monitoring Systems to Understand Football Injury Risk

To improve understanding of how the head and neck respond to hits that football players might experience, University of Michigan engineers and doctors are testing two high-profile head impact sensors. They have outfitted a crash test dummy with both Riddell's helmet-based Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) and X2 Biosystems' newer X Patch, designed to be worn on the skin behind the ear. They're comparing the data of these sensors in order to pave the way for more robust research with the new system, which could provide a clearer picture of how the head moves through space. Neither system claims to be a concussion catch-all, but they can serve as another set of eyes to alert coaches and trainers to potentially harmful hits.