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New device could protect athletes from traumatic brain injury

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Mar 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-07 09:07:29-05

CINCINNATI, Ohio  — A new device could help protect athletes from traumatic brain injuries.

Early studies on the Q collar were done at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

The device works by compressing the jugular vein and maintaining more blood in the athletes' head, which absorbs more shock around the brain.

A sports medicine doctor at Akron Children's Hospital said this is a big development.

"The stakes are so high. And once you start to head down that road of concussion, it can be a real issue for kids. Obviously, it's something we're really trying to solve. And so I'm excited that this is one more tool in the toolkit in us trying to solve the problem in sports medicine known as concussion," Dr. Joseph Congeni said.

The Q Collar is on sale now.