The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch is a personal injury law firm with offices throughout the State of Hawaii specializing in the representation of persons that have suffered traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or catastrophic injuries as a result of someone elses negligence. As a member of the Federal TBI Program Listserv, we were sent an abstract of a recent study of interest published in the journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering investigated head impact exposure in youth football:
Title: Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football
Authors: Ray W. Daniel, Steven Rowson, and Stefan M. Duma, Center for Injury Biomechanics, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University
Abstract: The head impact exposure for athletes involved in football at the college and high school levels has been well documented; however, the head impact exposure of the youth population involved with football has yet to be investigated, despite its dramatically larger population. The objective of this study was to investigate the head
impact exposure in youth football. Impacts were monitored using a custom 12 accelerometer array equipped inside the helmets of seven players aged 7–8 years old during each game and practice for an entire season. A total of 748 impacts were collected from the 7 participating players during the season, with an average of 107 impacts per player. Linear accelerations ranged from 10 to 100g, and the rotational accelerations ranged from 52 to 7694 rad/s2. The majority of the high level impacts occurred during practices, with 29 of the 38 impacts above 40 g occurring in practices. Although less frequent, youth football can produce high head accelerations in the range of concussion causing impacts measured in adults. In order to minimize these most severe head impacts, youth football practices should be modified to eliminate high impact drills that do not replicate the game situations. Click here to read the full text of this article: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r1w055654612u47j/fulltext.pdf
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