Tackling Concussions

An estimated 2.5 million high school students reported having at least one concussion over the past year. The concussions were related to sports or physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 million students reported having two or more concussions during the same time frame.

Middle school students from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, decided to tackle the concussion epidemic by creating a new way to detect potential injuries. Inspired by a friend who suffered from the negative effects of a concussion, they worked on creating a special sensor for football helmets to improve the detection of potentially hard hits that could lead to concussion symptoms. Their sensor won the 2018 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

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