Girls' soccer players from Madeira and Seton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, are participating in a study for the Q-Collar, a device that is intended to reduce the risk of concussions.
According to WCPO Cincinnati, Q30 Sports Science, a Connecticut-based company, gave money to Cincinnati Children's Hospital to fund a study of the collars, which work by putting slight pressure on the jugular vein to increase intercranial blood volume and reduce the amount the brain moves around. A study of high school football players in 2013 found a significant difference in the number of concussions suffered by those who wore the collars compared to those who did not.
“It’s important to understand the potential protective effect of the collar in a number of athletes,” Dr. Gregory Myer said. “It’s important to get out and study non-helmeted sports.”
A total of 75 players will participate in the study, about 27 from Madeira and the rest from Seton. Madeira will serve as a control group by not wearing the collar, and both teams will use accelerometers to measure head impacts. The study will continue throughout the season.
“They think it’s a neat thing,” Christy Dean Schutte, public relations and marketing director for Seton, said of the athletes. “Quite honestly, they feel pretty honored to be a part of this.”