Hard-Hitting Research: Virginia Tech research has revolutionized the sports helmet industry

February 6th, 2017

It kicked off with little more than two self-described sports nuts who had an idea, $50,000 in good-faith cash, and a cooperative future hall-of-fame college football coach.

Fourteen years later, Virginia Tech research has revolutionized the sports helmet industry and is fostering safer athletic practice and coaching techniques to reduce head-related injuries, especially concussions.

Concussions and helmet safety weren't even on the research radar when Stefan Duma, the Harry C. Wyatt Professor of Engineering and founder of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB), and Virginia Tech football team physician Gunnar Brolinson first hatched a plan to attach sensors to the heads of Virginia Tech football players to monitor the hits they took during practice and games.

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