Ellenbogen, the co-chair of the NFL's Head, Neck and Spine committee and a neurological surgery professor at the University of Washington, talks to us about the NFL's efforts to make football safer, the future of concussion research, and the technology that will get us there.
The NFL has announced it will partner with General Electric to develop better technology for detecting concussions and protecting the brain, The New York Times reports. The four-year initiative, with $50 million in funding, will begin in March. It'll focus on improving imaging equipment as well as crowd-sourcing safety equipment ideas.
Athletes in the U.S. suffer from 3.8 million sports-related concussions a year. In our January issue, we discussed the possibility of a helmet that could save football.
The same sensors that detect the tilt of your smartphone could well start showing up in the helmets of NFL players by next season, but for a very different purpose. We know that cranial trauma from helmet-on-helmet impact can cause concussions and other serious medical issues, but we don't have a ton of data showing exactly what kind of head-bashing is the most harmful. These sensors could provide that information, and in turn lead to smarter, more protective helmets.
A growing swarm of drones keep watch on the battlefield, but military analysts struggle to watch every second of live surveillance footage so that they can quickly pass on warnings about ambushes or possible targets to warfighters. Now the U.S.
With each iteration, the Madden video game has inched a little closer to reality. Now reality is starting to embrace the virtual. ESPN has introduced the EA Sports Virtual Playbook in its NFL coverage this season by using green-screen technology to bring life-size Madden 3D players into the studio. We dive into the inner workings.
For several years a part of ESPN's coverage consisted of middle-aged anchors standing in the studio and demonstrating specific skills, formations, or schemes expected in a key match up.
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.