Most of what you know about concussion is wrong, including the belief that there is no helmet design that can truly protect the brain, says former college football player and Stanford bioengineer David Camarillo. His lab is determined to build a better, smarter helmet, based on their new discoveries about what actually causes concussions. And he plans to accomplish this before his 2 year-old daughter starts riding her bike on the road.
David Camarillo is currently Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Having played 10 years of football and had two concussions from bike accidents, David’s lab focuses on understanding and preventing traumatic brain injury. His lab uses sensors in mouth guards to measure the forces of head impact in sports. The ultimate goal is to link these forces to neurological deficits and to design concussion proof helmets.