Birds inspire device to prevent concussions


One of the doctors who first publicized the dangers of concussions in the NFL has now turned his attention to a device aimed at lessening their impact.

“We realized years ago, a decade ago, that helmets weren’t the answer. Helmets weren’t working,” Bailes told CBS News. Helmets can’t protect the brain from “slosh” — when the brain slams against the skull.

Bailes and his partners were inspired by the woodpecker. It slams its head more than 80 million times over its lifetime without concussions.

The bird’s long tongue wraps around its head, compressing the jugular vein.

Bailes replicated that with a collar for humans that gently presses the vein like a necktie, reducing blood flow out of the brain. That creates a backflow, about a teaspoon of extra blood, making a tighter fit in the skull.

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