Researchers at the Center for Injury Biomechanics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia compared the relative safety afforded by two 1930-vintage leather football helmets and 10 modern football helmets during impacts to players' heads. These researchers found that all 10 modern helmets provided significantly more protection than leather helmets used in the first half of the 20th century, and demonstrated that differences also exist between modern helmets.
In its November 2012 report, "Transformation and Opportunity: The Future of the U.S. Research Enterprise," the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) encouraged the Federal Government to adopt policies that enable researchers to collaborate more efficiently. The recommendation recognized that interdisciplinary collaboration can increase productivity and innovation by ensuring that the best expertise and widest range of capacities are brought to bear on the toughest problems.
The macroscopic effects of certain nanoparticles on human health have long been clear to the naked eye. What scientists have lacked is the ability to see the detailed movements of individual particles that give rise to those effects.
Virginia Tech, Children's National Medical Center, and George Washington University have partnered in a unique program to create research breakthroughs in children's health.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the appointment of Joel Stitzel, Ph.D., as Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Wake Forest University, and Associate Head of the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, effective March 1, 2013.
Kirk and Spock may not need a Vulcan mind meld to share cognition: Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have found that our cold reasoning and hot feelings may be more intimately connected than previously thought.
Virginia Tech Athletics and Academics are teaming up to make football a safer sport.
The Tech football team and the College of Engineering are working together to reduce the risk of concussion and brain damage in football.
Stefan Duma loves football. He tracks play calls and watches stand-out plays from games, sometimes on frame-by-frame playback. He examines defensive alignments and blocks, predicting the next move or wondering where a referee's call went so right or so wrong.
Experts agree, even if a concussion-proof helmet were possible, such a solution would bring new injuries of its own--to the sport and its players.
Researchers whose ratings for football helmet quality have become popular throughout the industry have revised their system to create a more complete method of determining the probability that a player wearing certain helmets will sustain a concussion.
In biology, molecules can have multi-way interactions within cells, and until recently, computational analysis of these links has been "incomplete," according to T. M. Murali, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Athletes in the U.S. suffer 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year.