NEW YORK — The National Football League (NFL) announced today that the University of Florida has joined its program to collect data from head impacts on the field — through sensors for new mouthguards — to report on injury reduction efforts at the professional and team levels, including through changing Rules and develop high-performance equipment such as helmets for poses.
This year, the University of Florida joined forces with the University of Georgia, the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University. These four new additions join the original four participating universities from 2021: University of Alabama, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin. Football players in all eight universities may voluntarily choose to participate in the new programme.
Collecting data using mouthguards equipped with sensors is part of the NFL’s effort to improve the health and safety of soccer players at all levels — specifically, with the goal of reducing concussions and, more broadly, reducing all head impacts. Doubling the number of participating universities will significantly increase the amount of data collected for higher quality analysis.
Data from the mouthguard sensors will complement the ongoing identical data collection process at four NFL clubs. From this data, NFL engineers will continue to analyze the frequency and severity of impacts in games and practices. In turn, this will help guide the league’s approach to reducing injuries, including interventions that involve rule changes, safety equipment, training techniques, and player behaviour.
The University of Florida along with the other participating NCAA program will be provided with a statistical analysis of their team’s player effects, which will help the program improve its procedures to promote player health and safety. Sensors collect data that provides insight into the types of impacts that occur during games and practices that provide critical information to help create better concussion protocols to improve sports and players’ health.
“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the NFL to help them gather more data to better understand head field impacts,” he said. Dr. James Clugston, a team physician at the University of Florida. “Research will continue to help make the game of football safer and will guide us in developing best practices for equipment design, competition rules and training exercises.”
Data collected via the mouthguard program will remain anonymous and analyzed by NFL-NFLPA’s independent engineering experts at Biocore and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Jennifer Langtonthe NFL’s senior vice president of health and safety innovations, will continue to oversee the program.
“I am delighted to welcome the four new universities into this programme, all of whom – like the four founding universities – share our commitment to research in the service of building a better and safer game,” Langton said. “By collecting a greater amount of mouthguard data, we can enhance our efforts to reduce concussion while accelerating our broader goal of reducing all head impacts at all levels of the sport.”
The Mouthguard Sensor Program was launched in 2019 as part of the NFL’s $60 million commitment under the engineering roadmap To promote health and safety initiatives. The NFL remains committed to upholding the highest ethical standards for scientific research studies like this one. The University of Florida, like all other collegiate teams participating in the program, will receive specific data regarding the players and their team that will help the team analyze their behaviors and protocols for player safety. In addition to helping to promote the health and safety of the sport, this post provides valuable insights and data for the team.