How hedgehogs might make football safer

hedgehog-inspired impact protection technology for football helmets

The quills of a hedgehog, which cushion the mammal from harm when it falls from trees, inspired researchers to create a product that could one day prevent football concussions, cushion the inner soles of running shoes and protect soldiers.

Hedgemon recently received patent approval for its hedgehog-inspired impact protection technology.

The initial focus is to create a liner for football helmets to protect players from concussions, said CEO Emily Kennedy. The company plans to seek venture funding and supply or license its technology following a test this fall at a certified lab.

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Story excerpt provided by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Written Karen Farkas.

Originally published August 11, 2019.

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