With the movie Concussion in theatres, brain injuries are top of mind for a lot of athletes.
However, a local company is trying to reduce the amount of concussions that occur on the gridiron.
BrainShield is a decal that football players stick to their helmet to reduce head movement after taking a hit.
Football BC’s Technical Director Dino Geremia says the product has no downside.
“The best way to describe it is it deflects the contact. So as you take on any type of contact – and like I said, a lot of contact does come from the side – it deflects the contact so the impact to the head and the brain inside the helmet is minimized significantly.”
Hansworth Secondary head football coach Jay Prepchuk says his team used the product this season and it was successful.
“Football is a contact sport. And when you play a contact sport like that, you want to take all the precautions that you can to make sure that safety is the number one concern for us. For us this year, yes, we’ve had no concussions. Previous years we would have anywhere from two to four concussions.”
BrainShield is made by researchers from SFU and former BC Lion Angus Reid.
For a look at how the decals work, you can visit their website.