GE, NFL, Under Armour disclose latest Head Health Challenge winners

GE ($GE), the National Football League and trendy basketball clothier Under Armour have announced the final winners in the second iteration of their Head Health Challenge to come up with technologies to better protect sports players from brain injury. Like the 7 winners in round one of the challenge, these three researchers stand to get $500,000 in funding each. The latest awards include the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD, for creating smart materials that could connect the head to the torso thereby minimizing the impact of the high speed collisions associated with concussion; the University of Washington at Seattle for a football helmet with a novel impact-absorbing structure; and Viconic Sporting in Detroit, MI, for a synthetic turf system that would be safer for players and to study the relationship between the frequency of lower limb injuries and head protection. More