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Purdue looking to solve head injury issue through engineering

Purdue's engineering school is ranked 10th-best nationally by U.S. News and World Report. So it only makes sense that Purdue's contribution in the nation-wide quest to solve football's head injury issue would come through engineering.

The engineers in Purdue's Neurotrauma Group have developed a new helmet that can make players more than twice as safe as traditional helmets. Instead of creating a helmet that can best absorb bell-ringing blows, Purdue has displaced them. 

The group's tests with an Army helmet reduced head trauma by nearly 54 percent.

“It was about 400 Gs for this type of test – a pretty severe test,” Purdue professor of biomedical engineering Eric Nauman told “And when we put in our material, we got it down to 186.”

Perhaps most importantly, Purdue has produced a real advancement without an astronautical budget. 

“The NFLPA just gave $100 million to Harvard,” Nauman added. “And our whole investment in this current technology is about $35,000.”

 Now comes the hard part. In a market with competitors such as the Revolution, the 360 and the DNA, Purdue name it.