Technology aims to end heat strokes in American football

March 6, 2009
An NFL player on the sideline during a game. American football players may be able to avoid heat strokes by wearing helmets with specially made technology, an Austrian company that worked on the project said Friday.

American football players may be able to avoid heat strokes by wearing helmets with specially made technology, an Austrian company that worked on the project said Friday.

Helmets using radio frequency technology will transmit information on body temperature in real time to a handheld computer on the sidelines, Identec Solutions said.

If temperatures surpass limits set for each player, an alarm will sound.

"The coaching staff is notified once the first signs of overheating appear and can intervene immediately," Peter Linke, vice president of the company, said in a statement.

A report from the University of North Carolina in the United States published last month showed 39 players, including two professionals, died from heat strokes between 1995 and 2008.

The project was developed by US company Hothead Sports.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Engineers design car seat accessory to save children left in dangerously hot cars

Related Stories

Scott Carpenter, 2nd US astronaut in orbit, dies (Update 3)

October 10, 2013

Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an insatiable curiosity.

Thinner than a pencil trace

June 18, 2012

Energy-efficient, high-speed electronics on a nanoscale and screens for mobile telephones and computers that are so thin they can be rolled up. Just a couple of examples of what the super-material graphene could give us. ...

Harnessing the awesome power of the ocean waves

May 14, 2012

MBARI engineer Andy Hamilton looks out his office window in Moss Landing and points at the waves crashing on the beach below. “Pretty impressive, aren’t they? You’d think there’d be a way to make use of ...

Robots in the classroom

April 20, 2012

Tore Fløan smiles at me: “In the past we competed with European organizations, but now we have the Chinese breathing down our necks,” he says.

Recommended for you

Customizing 3-D printing

September 3, 2015

The technology behind 3-D printing is growing more and more common, but the ability to create designs for it is not. Any but the simplest designs require expertise with computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and even for ...

Team develops targeted drug delivery to lung

September 2, 2015

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have developed a new method that can target delivery of very small volumes of drugs into the lung. Their approach, in which micro-liters ...

Magnetic fields provide a new way to communicate wirelessly

September 1, 2015

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

COCO
not rated yet Mar 09, 2009
this remains the top priority of the day - forget the endless wars, job losses this innovative application of of the shelf technology represents the best in Amerikan thinking - god bless us all

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.