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NFL Partners with Amazon on Concussion Prevention

The partnership could help influence helmet design and identify necessary rule changes that would reduce concussion risks.

In summary: 

  • Last week, Amazon Web Services held its annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, a learning event designed to reach stakeholders in global cloud computing.
  • As part of the event, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the league would be partnering with AWS on machine learning applications.
  • Specifically, the partnership intends to help reduce traumatic head injuries by leveraging the expertise of AWS.
  • According to Tech Crunch, meticulous data files and decades of video mean the NFL has a head start, and AWS can use the information to create meaningful simulations.
  • These could help influence helmet design and identify necessary rule changes that would reduce concussion risks.
  • A recent study of former football players uncovered that 87% of them suffered from degenerative brain disease.
  • The NFL-AWS initiative is part of a larger approach to safety the NFL is calling β€œThe Engineering Roadmap,” which is intended to move the helmet industry forward.
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