Sports Concussions Concerns Spawn Growth Opportunities for Manufacturers

The NFL’s concussion issues have jump-started new business opportunities for product suppliers—particularly for several Pennsylvania companies, entrepreneurs intending to improve player safety.

In the case of the Philadelphia Eagles, following quarterback Michael Vick’s concussion, the team reached out to ‘Unequal Technologies’ to equip Vick with a product called the “dome,” a padded skull cap that fits beneath the helmet. After being cleared to play, Vick wore the dome in yesterday’s final game of the regular season.

Solutions affecting the concussion crisis in sports are being provided from a wide range of Pennsylvania sources such as software companies, university researchers, and medical and academic facilities.

The opportunity for these companies is not just relegated to football either. It spans a wide range of sports as was pointed out by Software provider ImPACT’s founder, Mark Lovell. “I had a cross-country runner who was concussed after he collided with a deer on a golf course,” he said.

In the field of research, the ramp-up has been considerable. The Universities of Pittsburg and Pennsylvania have emerged at the center of today’s concussion-related issue. In the hospital field, Philadelphia’s Magee Rehab Hospital is open for business with its newly created concussion center.

You can read more about these new developments in player safety at –

http://articles.philly.com/2012-12-30/sports/36065195_1_concussions-mark-lovell-eagles

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