Brainguard, a startup founded by Berkeley scientists, is in the process of developing a helmet designed to prevent brain injuries by mitigating the rotational impact forces that are experienced in sports including football.
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Last month, the NFL announced that it is awarding more than $35 million in grants to fund research on brain injuries. The recipients of the league’s largesse include researchers at prestigious academic institutions such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh and UC San Francisco. Peter Chiarelli, who chaired the scientific advisory board to allocate the NFL’s funds, said the league did not influence the panel in any way: “We were totally independent.”
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William Korinek loves professional football and, as a native Minnesotan who moved to New England in 1995, he roots for both the Patriots and the Vikings. But he won’t let his 11-year-old son, Jonah, play tackle football.
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Cerapio Carrillo sits in a doctors office treatment room in the Medical Arts Tower of Wesley Medical Center. But his memories take him back to the day his son suffered a concussion after a hard hit in a pick-up game of football at the local park.
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