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Acceleration of the Head due to Soccer Ball Heading

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2011
End Date 06/01/2012
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 03/25/2012 03:24PM
Keywords soccer, heading


Athletes in general are at a greater risk than the wider population for head trauma, or physical injury to the head. Investigations into the cause and severity of head injuries during sports play are relevant to the safety of athletes. Currently, the biomechanics of head trauma are not well understood. There is conflicting research concerning which impacts are likely to cause severe head trauma with symptoms of concussion (e.g. disorientation, dizziness, memory loss), what physical mechanisms are responsible for head trauma, and what can be done to prevent head trauma. Of particular concern is the potential lasting harm an impact to the head can have on children, whose bodies are still developing. A study is proposed to dcvclop and evaluate tools to quantitatively measure the accelerations of the head during soccer ball heading. head accelerations will be measured using a wireless rnouthguard with attached accelerometers. Additional information about the impact, including pre- and post-impact velocities and the impulse delivered by the ball to the head, will be accomplished through anaLysis of high speed digital recordings of each heading event. Certain physical attributes of the player will also be recorded to determine whether a correlation with head accelerations is suggested. The muscularity of the neck will be assessed by measuring the circumference of the player’s neck and conducting a bio-electrical impedance analysis on each player to determine the player’s muscle-to-fat ratio.

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