Report: Every NFL Team Could Be Using Head Impact Sensors By 2015
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — Every NFL team could be using head impact sensors in 2015 to help combat concussions and severe head injuries.
USA Today reports that more players are expected to wear these types of sensors this upcoming season, with hopes that all 32 teams will be using them in 2015.
“We need a sample of these players across all positions and studying every play type possible,” Kevin Guskiewicz, a researcher at the University of North Carolina and a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee and the NFL Players Association’s Mackey-White Committee , told USA Today. “So, that’s the next step. Then I hope from there that, if we find (the devices) have utility that could actually help an individual player … my hope would be that we would go league-wide.”
Only two teams took part in the pilot project in 2013.
According to USA Today, these head accelerometers “assess frequency, location and magnitude of impact.” It does not, however, diagnose concussions.
“It’s really important that we know what the information is telling us and how to interpret it and how we can provide meaningful data back to the player, the athletic trainer or the team physician, the strength and conditioning coach, whoever that may be,” Guskiewicz told USA Today.
The NFL and the player’s union still needs to sign off on the expansion of the head accelerometers.
More than 4,800 players have alleged the NFL misled them about the long-term dangers of concussions. The league has denied those allegations.
The NFL and the original group of players agreed on a $765 million settlement last August, but that deal was rejected by a federal judge in January.
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