NFL-Funded Lab Building a Safer Football Helmet
DTS DDR for Helmet Safety TestingDTS DDR for Helmet Safety Testing
DTS DDR for Helmet Safety TestingDTS DDR for Helmet Safety Testing

December 2, 2021

A recent NBC News Exclusive with Lindsey Reiser went inside Biocore, a company based in Charlottesville, VA, to take a look at an NFL-funded project to build a better football helmet.

Biocore, is leading the way to improve player safety. by mapping out every concussion impact in the league, in order to recreate the impacts that happen on the field during play, inside the lab. After reviewing all the game footage, impact locations are noted, and that specific impact is then reproduced. Equipment including DTS’ SLICE NANO data recorder, ARS PRO angular rate sensor, 6DX PRO six-degrees-of-freedom sensor and the DDR (Dynamic Data Recorder) are used to measure the impact forces that a player may experience.

Concussions and head injuries have been a risk inherent in many sports. According to the reporting, in 2019 there were more than 220 diagnosed concussions in the league. In addition to the fact that repeated head injuries can lead to issues such as CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, or anyone who experiences repetitive brain trauma.

Reducing concussions and head injuries is a priority for the NFL. Jeff Miller, NFL executive vice president for health and safety, comments, “There is no finish line when it comes to the health and safety of our sports, specifically around concussions.” One of the goals of the Biocore project is to develop position-specific helmets to help protect against the types of collisions that are often associated with different team positions.

The DTS DDR is an ultra-lightweight, low power flexible data logger that can be embedded inside a helmet or mouthguard, making it ideal for collecting field data. The standalone DDR features six-degrees-of-freedom sensors that measure linear and angular acceleration, to capture the full rotation involved in helmet-to-helmet and helmet-to-ground impacts. The data helps quantify the different impact forces, which in turn helps in the design of a safer helmet.

DTS is proud that our technology contributes to designing safer football helmets to help reduce the risk of NFL player concussions and head injuries.

DTS DDR Data Logger - DDR Control Software for Helmet Safety Testing

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS — All of the DTS software packages include an easy-to-use interface for set-up, control, viewing and data export.
 

DTS DDR - Helmet Safety Testing

PIONEERS IN SAFETY — With roots in automotive crash testing, DTS data acquisition systems and sensors have been used for injury biomechanics and occupant safety testing for over three decades.

DTS DDR Data Logger - DDR Control Software for Helmet Safety Testing

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS — All of the DTS software packages include an easy-to-use interface for set-up, control, viewing and data export.

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