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We’re Gonna Crush ’em! Then We’re Gonna Analyze The Data!

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Concussions are a major problem in all contact sports, and the NFL is turning to technology to help understand and prevent these injuries.

A pilot program is being set up in which accelerometers will be placed in the helmets of players to measure the force from these impacts, the Washington Post reports.

The program will also put accelerometers into mouthpieces and earpieces to get a larger data set to the force experienced in different parts of the head.

The biggest problem in understanding exactly what type of hit causes a concussion is the variability. Said Kevin Guskiewicz, a committee member and chairman of the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina,

We are currently not where we’d like to be in understanding what an 80-G impact means relative to a 40-G impact. . . . My point has been all along if we don’t start somewhere – like now – we’ll never know,

The data could not only help players learn to better protect themselves, but also lead to the development of better helmets.

There is a helmet which has been in development for about 8 years, called the Gladiator, which reduces force of impact by 20 – 25 percent. Beyond that, however, no new developments are on the horizon.

I love it when sports and physics intersect in a post.

The Grey Cup: Canada’s Superbowl

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I guess Canada’s Superbowl would be the Stanly Cup Finals, but some get pretty excited about the championship match in the Canadian Football League.

I’ll be watching the game today which is between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes, and I’ll be rooting for Saskatchewan.

I may have time for a science related post.  Depends how many beers I have.

What are the differences between the CFL and the NFL? A couple of the main differences are:

  1. The CFL field is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide, as opposed to 100 yards by 53 yards for the NFL.
  2. In the CFL you get only 3 downs to go 10 yards.
  3. The play clock in the CFL is 20 seconds instead of 40 seconds like in the NFL.
  4. Because of the bigger field, CFL teams have 12 players on the field instead of 11.

There are plenty of other differences  as well, but those are the main ones. What it adds up to is a much faster paced, more wide open game of football. As opposed to the NFL, which is usually tighter and more strategic.

Most CFL games tend to be close, and because of the 3 down possession and 20 second play clock, the game is not over half way through the 4th quarter. Anything can happen.

Go Riders!