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Protective Athletic Gear Aims To Reduce Brain Injuries

Dr. Joseph Fisher, a professor from University of Toronto, helped conceive new protective athletic gear in an effort to reduce sports related brain injuries. Called a neuroshield collar, Dr. Fisher helped test the safety functions of the product, which restricts movement of the brain after heavy impact contact.

 

How Does The Neuroshield Collar Work?

The neuroshield collar works by applying mild pressure to the neck in order to marginally increase blood pressure in the brain. The increase in blood pressure restricts the movement of some sensitive structures in the brain, such as nerve fibers. By restricting movement, collar aims to reduce the likelihood of the brain hitting the inside of the skull, a leading factor in brain-related injuries. The pressure can be equated to the same pressure applied to the neck when yawning or lying down.

According to a story in The Globe and Mail, studies and tests were conducted on athletes over the course of a sports season, and the results showed a reduction in structural changes to the brain versus the athletes not wearing the collar. The press release for the product states the collar aims to reduce brain injuries, but it will not prevent concussions. Concussions are more severe head injuries that affect physical and cognitive responses.

Who Owns The Technology?

The rest of the innovators include Doctors David Smith, the founder of TBI Innovations LLC and Julian Bailes, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Northshore University – both based in the United States. Dr. Bailes is also the medical advisor and shareholder of Q30 Innovations LLC, the American research and development company that owns the rights to the technology.

Bauer Hockey, a Canadian sports apparel brand, acquired the licence for the collar from Q30. The product’s release through Bauer Hockey marks the first time the collar has been available commercially in North America.

Treatment and recovery of brain injuries is time-consuming and can result in expensive/hefty medical bills and associated expenses. While the neuroshield aims to reduce the extent of the injuries, it does not prevent them. If you are suffering from a brain-related injury, it’s best to ask a personal injury lawyer what options you have at receiving compensation for treatment and recovery.

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