Acot’s research scientifically reconstructed head impacts to explore the mechanics of football concussions as a pathway to understanding, identifying and preventing the injuries.
Acot analyzed case studies of two Princeton University football players. She studied videos to reconstruct the mechanics of head impact events and calculated biomechanical metrics using a numerical engineering technique called the finite element method.
Comparing the biomechanical data with data and calculations from neuroimaging, Acot found that they correlated well and suggested areas of improvement within the accident reconstruction and finite element simulation processes. She believes that researchers can improve the processes by which head impact accidents are simulated to eventually use this tool for diagnostic and prevention purposes, even on football field sidelines.
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