I don’t know about you, but I love TED Talks. I just watched this one and couldn’t resist sharing it! In this talk a bioengineer from Stanford discusses concussions, helmets and some exciting new technology.

The video is only 15 minutes long and I fully suggest watching the whole thing, but here are some of the take away points just in case:

  • Helmets are designed to prevent skull fracture, they are not designed to protect against concussion.
  • A concussion is thought to affect the axons (or wiring) of the brain.   The video of this was awesome!  
  • Getting hit from the side, your head moving laterally, may increase your risk of getting a concussion.
  • We are still learning exactly what a concussion is. We do not have all the answers but there are some very smart and hard working people learning more everyday!
  • Hopefully, as we continue to learn we will be able to develop helmets, or other devices to try and help prevent concussions.


Rylee.Headshot.Dr. Rylee Stephens is a chiropractor at Garibaldi Active Wellness. She has partnered with Complete Concussion Management & Mountain Fitness Centre with the goal of providing concussion education and evidence based care to the Squamish community.