This New York Times article on David Camarillo and his team’s efforts to build a helmet that may dramatically reduce concussions is well worth the read if you are concerned about brain injury in sports.
While we applaud the team’s effort and innovative thinking, the root cause of brain injury—the “sloshing” of the brain inside the skull—tells us that there are real limits as to what any helmet can do. As one of the experts interviewed for the article says in speaking about advancements in helmet technology, “You can make whatever changes you want, but in the end it’s all physics.”
Another key point the article makes is, what most in the medical community now fully acknowledge, that the repeated, "sub-concussive" hits are the biggest health risk. From the article, "Researchers at Boston University and Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere focus on C.T.E. as the greatest threat and insist the culprit is not the concussion — as terrible as that injury can be. Rather, it’s thousands of cumulative hits over many years. So yes, taking a freight train hit from a pro linebacker is dangerous — but being repeatedly whacked and knocked to the ground thousands of times by players in Pop Warner, middle school and high school puts you at more risk for C.T.E.”
Both points support the foundational thinking and research behind the Q-Collar. 1) A solution that recognizes the natural limitations of external protection and addresses brain injury from inside the body. 2) Research that indicates that the Q-Collar helps protect the brain from sports-related impacts.
At Q30, we applaud innovative solutions designed to better protect athletes and soldiers from brain injury. We also encourage those concerned about this issue to dive in to understand the science and research behind brain injury.
Hear Q30’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Julian Bailes, address the issue of “brain slosh” and the benefits of the Q-Collar in addressing the impact of sub-concussive hits.