Jun 21, 2023
Football Shoulder Pad Design and Its Effect on Head Kinematics in Shoulder-to-Helmet Impacts

Shoulder-to-helmet (STH) impacts have been shown to cause approximately twenty percent of concussions in football yet little research has investigated shoulder pad design and STH impacts. This study aimed to characterize STH impacts and identify the effect of shoulder pad design on the struck head kinematics. Our findings suggest that shoulder pads have the potential to reduce head injury in football and warrant further research.


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