Nearly two dozen UCLA football players have been given new helmets with sensors, part of a $30 million study into concussions.
Funded by an initiative involving both the NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense, the use of the helmets are part of a three-year study that also includes other universities across the country. The 22 Bruins who have the helmets will be tracked for the speed, intensity and location of the hits they take during practices and games.
“Our goal is to develop scientific, evidence-based tools that will enable doctors to more accurately gauge when it is safe for an athlete to return to play,” Christopher Giza, director of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, said in a statement.
The football players, as well as members of the men’s and women’s soccer team, had already begun baseline testing to measure balance, memory, cognitive function, and reaction time.
John DiFiori, UCLA athletic’s head physician, said the findings will help identify and prevent brain injuries in athletes who may be more susceptible to them.