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UW Health teams up with the NFL to study players head and neck movements

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UW Health teams up with the NFL to study players head and neck movements

MADISON, Wis. (WAOW)-- UW Health is working with the NFL to study the impacts sustained on the football field.

Measuring the impact of hits and tackles taken from a football game is not new, but the NFL-funded study is attempting to understand injuries during the game.

The study is researching what acceleration and head movements are like during the game while the players are in action.

The badger athletic performance laboratory will be measuring speed and force through instrumented mouthpieces.

"So these are essentially a traditional mouth guard that would be typically worn for sport for football," said Dan Cobian, assistant professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. "With an added layer, an added acceleratory equipment that is molded into the front of the mouth guard."

Cobian says this equipment will feel like a traditional mouth guard, but it will measure the players' movement without impacting the game.

"So really we want to do our best to prevent these injuries," Cobian said. "injuries are an inherent part of (the) sport, we can't prevent all injuries but we can do is lessen their impact and lessen the severity."

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