HITS
Head Impact Telemetry System


Principal Investigator:
Joel Stitzel, PhD

Investigators and Personnel:
Joseph A. Maldjian, M.D.
Alex Powers
Daryl Rosenbaum, M.D.
Christopher Thomas Whitlow, MD, PhD, MHA

Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) and Sideline Response System. Working with collaborators in BME and Neurosurgery, we are looking at the imaging correlates of traumatic brain injuries in football players. This study uses sensors that measure head acceleration into the helmets of Wake Forest University (WFU) varsity football players. By identifying the factors of an impact that affect TBI, the design of protective devices can be improved and treatments can be specialized based on the mechanism of injury. Information about the biomechanical characteristics of TBI in sports has the potential to contribute to other fields of research such as military protection and motor vehicle safety mechanisms.