TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A Florida State University Professor created a new foam to protect players heads on the field.
Chad Zeng is a FSU professor who has created the new foam to protect players. He says 47 percent of sports injuries are concussions and his foam is designed to prevent those injuries.
It doesn't just help protect heads from impact though, according to Zeng it is lighter than traditional helmet foams and could help keep players cooler.
Zeng isn't the only person preaching the benefits of the foam though. Auxadyne LLC is working with Zeng to start manufacturing the foam.
Joe Condon, the Auxadyne president, says the foam shows about a 600 percent increase in impact absorption.
The company is currently testing it and is planning on launching the foam later this year.
Any technology that can protect from brain injuries is welcome to players and coaches.
Godby High Head Football Coach Todd Lanter says, "The span of football is short but a lifetime is long, so we have to make sure that we do everything to make sure that our athletes are healthy way beyond high school football."