This Helmet and Shoulder Pad Technology Proactively Detects Impact

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Aug 26, 2016
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A Texas high school football player named Alberto Garcia has developed a high-tech set of helmet and shoulder pads that are designed to reduce the impact of concussions suffered by players, something that can result in severe brain damage in the long term.

Developed after he suffered a concussion himself, this helmet and shoulder pads set is equipped with its own Arduino microcontroller, which is hooked up to helmet sensors that enable it to stabilize the head when an impact is detected. The helmet's stabilizers come into play when the sensors detect a strong impact, helping to prevent the athlete's brain from moving inside their skull.

What's great about this system is that it takes a proactive approach towards concussion prevention unlike most existing solutions, and could play a big role in protecting the health of football players.