Heading a Football Can Worsen Cognition for Up to 24 Hours, Study Finds

A new study of football players seems to show that repeated mild blows to the head can affect athletes’ brain function, at least temporarily. It found evidence that players perform worse on simple tests of eye coordination and cognition right after heading a ball than players who simply kick it around, for up to 24 hours later. Read More >>

Most People Experiencing Homelessness Have Had a Traumatic Brain Injury, Study Finds

A majority of people experiencing homelessness across the world have a history of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, according to new research out this week. And often, these injuries could have contributed to or been caused by their homelessness, the authors say. Read More >>

New Evidence Shows Even Mild Concussions Can Raise Risk for Dementia

One of fiction’s most commonly used plot devices—a knock on the head used to render someone momentarily unconscious—is a lot more harmful in the real world. A new study published this week in The Lancet Psychiatry reaffirms that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), even those that are relatively mild, are linked to a higher risk of dementia in our later years. Read More >>

Holy Hell, This Is How American Football Helmets Are Concussion Safety-Tested

Today is the day the NFL play and London, and while some people might consider the sport to be less hardcore than others (because of all that padding). There's a very good reason for it, and it's naturally about keeping the players safe from serious injuries. Read More >>

This Woodpecker-Inspired Collar Could Protect Athletes from Concussion

Last year, Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers announced he was quitting American football because of the high risk of concussion and long-term brain damage, despite protective helmets. And he’s not alone: it’s a growing concern, particularly for teenage athletes. But a new collar inspired by the humble woodpecker may help protect athletes from such trauma in the future . Read More >>

Could Magnets Help the NFL’s Concussion Epidemic?

If you were up close for the NFL at Wembley recently, not watching Dallas trounce Jacksonville from the comfort of your sofa and beer hat, you may have noticed that American football's biggest threat remains unaddressed. Sixty-nine concussions have already been reported this year and, odds would suggest, more have been added since. Read More >>

Engineers are Tracking American Football Helmet Data to Study Head Injuries

The prevalence of head injuries is the dark side of American Football. Now a University of Michigan engineering lab is installing sensors inside helmets which can help measure impact and spot potential brain injuries that might go undetected. Read More >>

The US Army Is Outfitting Solders With Blast Sensors

Starting next month, US soldiers in Afghanistan will be wearing a Soldier Body Unit, a 1kg pack with four blast sensors, to collect data on concussions and traumatic brain injuries. The data the soldiers collect will help us better protect soldiers in the future. Read More >>