Researchers capture data from neck fracture in real time

While studying concussions in an American high school football team, researchers captured the impact of an 18-year-old player who broke his neck during a head-down tackle in real-time.

The student-athletes in the study wore helmets outfitted with padded sensors called the Head Impact Telemetry System. The HITS uses the same type of sensor that activates a car air bag and wirelessly transmits the location and magnitude of that impact to a sideline computer 10-20 seconds later.

Though other researchers have captured concussion impact data in humans, this is believed to be the first time these data have been captured for a spinal fracture.

The injured student in the study in Illinois healed and was cleared 12 weeks later to play basketball.

Read more at University of Michigan