Helmet Safety Group Approves Research Grants

The organization that sets safety standards for athletic equipment has approved nearly $500,000 for three new studies on concussions.

The National Organizing Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment voted Saturday on $1.1 million in research grants. The nonprofit's board of directors is meeting in Chapel Hill for its summer meeting.

The money included re-approval of $610,000 for research approved at its winter meeting. That study involves determining whether body measurements explain gender differences in concussion rates among lacrosse, basketball and soccer players.

The group has devoted more than $2.5 million in research toward athlete safety. It agreed in January there wasn't enough scientific data to move forward with creating stiffer football helmet standards.

The new studies include investigating hits that cause a player's head to turn.


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