Researchers Look at Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Concussions

Woodpeckers hit their heads against tree trunks at speeds of more than 20 pecks per second for hours at a time; however, this does not cause any harm to the bird’s brains.

Researchers recently mapped out the precise movements the birds make with their heads in order to show how the construction of their skulls protects their brains from sustaining concussion-like injuries.

These researchers have also suggested that equipment manufacturers could use this ‘evolutionary engineering’ to help prevent concussions in athletes.

For more information visit: http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/1076582–why-don-t-woodpeckers-get-concussions?bn=1

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