Hothead Technologies for Football Helmets
A broken leg can end a football player's season, but overheating can end his life. A Hothead helmet will get football players off the field before heat stroke sets in, a problem that's killed 39 players since 1995. Every 10 seconds, a thermometer inside measures skin temperature near the player's temporal artery and transmits it to a PDA monitored by a trainer on the sidelines. An alarm sounds if the player's temperature crosses 102.5ºF to ensure that the coaches get to the player before he reaches 104º, the point where organ systems begin to fail and it becomes more difficult to revive the athlete.
From $49/sensor, plus PDA service; hotheadtechnologies.com
Add a membrane between the helmet and the head that can be frozen and you have a helmet that can be placed on anyone experiencing heat stroke symptoms. Actually, forget the helmet and make a helmet out of the plastic membrane. Or make the membrane substance a slush that will no freeze but still retain a low enough temperature that will help cool and lower the temperature of the head. Every football team should have a few. Shouldn't cost more than a few dollars to make.
39 players killed since 1995 by heat stroke! That's more than 2 a year. Seems about time a solution was found.
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seems easy, add a pressure sensitive membrane and then you've added the ability to track blows and the impacting acceleration of the contact.
If you've kept up with the NFL's non handling of repeated blows to the head, and how even lower force blows can cause issues when they occur over the years, then it seems pretty cheap not to protect everyone who plays.
Hopefully it'll be bluetooth enabled, so mom and pop can track Junior and make sure when he's dinged; its not a repetitive blunt force injury which will cause induced Alzheimer's.
Read Bernie Goldberg on his article of the issue in the NFL; they finally got on board when they realized they were clearly wrong.