Army and NFL use helmet technology to detect TBI

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The U.S. Army recently increased their purchase of high tech helmets designed to detect the strength of head  movement and impact. With “blast injuries” caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s), soldiers away from the immediate point of the explosion can experience a brain injury as the pressure wave whips through sensitive neural brain tissue and internal organs. The new purchase of $16.9 million brings the total spent on high tech helmets to $34 million. It is hoped that through improved detection, brain injuries can be better detected and soldiers who need treatment and rehab can be pulled from the battlefield at an earlier time.
The National Football League will also be using helmets equipped with sensors to detect sudden head movements and impact among football players who are known to experience multiple concussive injuries leading to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is associated with accelerated deterioration of the athlete’s brain, cognitive and emotional changes and, in some cases, suicide.

The detection of Traumatic Brain Injury still has a long way to go, but through the application of technology we hope to see fewer and less severe brain injuries among troops and athletes.
To read more about the Army’s helmet technology:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-army-orders-more-helmet-sensors-for-screening-of-head-and-brain-injuries-2012-07-09

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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