by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a clay mold created by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) neuroscience Ph.D. student Aaron Barbour. Aaron contacted the VCL and stated that as part of a
project with Dr. Raymond Colello on how to reduce impact of collisions in football. For this project we are placing custom fitted magnets into football helmets. In order to get a magnet of correct dimensions, we need to scan our clay model and send it to the company we are purchasing the magnet from.
The magnet mold was scanned on September 26, 2014 and a digital model and the animation above were provided to Aaron and Dr. Colello. Dr. Colello, in his words, is a
neuroscientist specializing in traumatic brain injury and have recently begun investigating the extent to which the repulsive force of magnets can reduce the impact forces present during helmet-to-helmet collisions in American football.
We in the VCL are more than happy to have helped with this very worthy project.