Researchers at Cincinnati Children's are studying a collar that may help to prevent sports head injuries.
Significant morbidity, mortality, and related costs are caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). A simple, effective, and lightweight device worn by athletes or war fighters in the field, designed to mitigate TBI resulting from blast trauma or concussive events, would save lives, and the huge costs incurred for life-treatment of surviving victims.
An externally-worn medical device that applies mild jugular compression according to the principle of the Queckenstedt Maneuver (the Q-Collar) is being developed by Q30 Sports Science, LLC (Q30).
Five years of preliminary research suggests that the Q-Collar has the potential to reduce the likelihood of TBI. The currently developed collar (Smith 2009; Smith 2011; Smith 2011; Smith 2012) has been approved for studies in humans and the results indicate safety for use during high demand and maximal exertion activities.
Regarding safety, the externally worn collar is meticulously designed to mimic the body’s own omohyoid muscle actions upon the jugular veins that will provide similar pressure and volume increases not to surpass that of a yawn or the mere act of just lying down.
To learn more read our press release and our article in Research Horizons.
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