I've watched some football over the years, but I've never seen an NFL game live from the stadium. And I've certainly never stood right on the sidelines or in the end zone when a running back finds a hole in the defense and sprints through for a touchdown -- until last night. Of course, until then I had also never seen the screen go blank twice in the first half, suffered from double-vision and eyestrain, or seen frightening images of a hermaphrodite jump out at me.
Forget pay per view. In the UK, soccer fans are getting paid to view. Research at Glasgow University is ongoing to learn what people talk about while watching sports. The goal is to develop specific mobile phone applications for the sports obsessed to further immerse them during viewing.
Did you see the USC vs. Oregon State game last week? Tell me you didn’t miss it. No, I’m not talking about the shocking upset where unranked Oregon State somehow took down the number one team in the nation (though that was impressive as well. And did you know the nickname of Oregon State is the Beavers?). I’m talking about the first ever demonstration of HD instant replay.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has a lot to learn about concussions. The National Football League can empathize. For decades the NFL has faced similar questions on prevention, diagnosis, treatment and long term effects. With a concussion occurring approximately every other game, research efforts benefit from an ample and growing population. Recognizing the value in such uniquely willing lab rats, the DOD hopes to steal a few ideas from the league's playbook.
After years of researching blows to adult heads, scientists divert their energies to the peewee set
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.09.2008 at 10:56 am 4 Comments
With grownups from the NFL to the DOD paranoid about concussions, it’s about time the research community asked, “What about kids?” Research published this month in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology offers a unique look into how hard kids are getting hit in hockey. The findings suggest players are suffering the biggest blows to the tops of their heads.
A new, cheap, helmet retrofit may be the key to averting concussions
By Brett ZardaPosted 04.02.2008 at 3:40 pm 0 Comments
Shrink the field, add hockey-like walls and serve cheaper beer. The triad has been a model of survival for the Arena Football League but also led to more than its fair share of concussions (on the field, of course). Its players' susceptibility to blows made the league a natural fit for helmet manufacturer Schutt to test its Shockometer—a retrofit designed to warn medical personnel of a potential concussion.
Soccer's governing body surprises its fans and partners by opting for extra refs instead of higher tech
By Brett ZardaPosted 03.11.2008 at 5:32 pm 7 Comments
In an unexpected move, the International Federation of Association Football, soccers governing body, this week pulled the plug on plans to implement a state-of-the-art scoring system. Instead of introducing the dual technologies—a sidelines camera and in-ball chip—officials have opted for a decidedly low-tech solution for better determining whether a goal was scored: two additional linesmen.