Last year, three players died as a direct result of injuries suffered on the football field, two of which following head injuries.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are trying to figure out where improvements in helmet technology are needed most, using a system called HITS—Head Impact Telemetry System—manufactured by Simbex. To record the force of the collisions, the helmets are rigged with tiny sensors, which measure impacts to helmets in terms of gravity forces. During play, the accelerometers sent real-time impact data to a computer system that kept track of the head impact data.
These data could lead to changes in the padding or shell for helmets worn by different kinds of players.
High tech helmets: Motion Research Head-mounted display, RFID’d helmets, Surrounding defend system, Camera-equipped helmet for bikers, Tele-Actor.
Helmet with Bluetooth, via Blueserker, Auto-safety Headband.
And A new shirt on the football pitch.