The issue of head and neck injuries in the NFL isn’t going away any time soon. Thankfully there are new technologies being developed to tackle this big problem.

Recently, I sat down with Dr. Patrick Kerr from Kerr Sports. We spoke about a new system he created to help helmets and shoulder pads interact with each other to create safer, less-impactful collisions and help potentially prevent injuries. The science behind the Kerr Collar is something that’s extremely interesting.

In talking with Dr. Kerr, he noted that the head and neck are connected when it comes to injury. That it’s not just about how the impact hits the head, but how the neck absorbs that impact. It’s important to remember that the neck isn’t designed to absorb the shock that football players put it through on the field from their collisions.