Story Of This Spark

What is the inspiration?
Growing up I played football in middle school & high school. Along the way, I experienced multiple concussions. Luckily, I have not experienced any side-effects from the concussions, but many are not so lucky. I love the sport & believe it teaches many lessons & brings many people together. I want to make sure generations to come get to experience it. Let’s use tech to make the sport safer.
Why is this important to me?
Improved protective equipment will reduce the number of concussions & the terrible side effects. This will allow the sport to continue. Without advancement, liability associated with concussions will erode the support of players, parents, & the public. Football will decline. A tech competition unleashes thousands of minds around the world to tackle the challenge, faster than any one organization.

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This study sheds light on the severity concussions have on football players. "Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players... Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. — and 110 of those were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head."

Help find a technology that will reduce the number of concussions and improve the lives of football players!

over 2 years ago
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Ryan Mundy played in the NFL for 8 years. At the time, his job was to make hard hits. Now, as a 32-year-old, he is looking back and reflecting on the danger that comes with the game of football. In this article, he shares about C.T.E which is "a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and/ or repetitive head trauma." With new technology, the game of football can be saved and so can players' lives!

over 2 years ago