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Researchers hit virtual heads to make softball, sports safer
September 12, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two nearly identical softballs, both approved for league play, can have dramatically different effects when smacked into a player’s head.

 

Those are the findings from a study conducted by Professor Lloyd Smith in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and project engineer Derek Nevins. The report will be presented at the Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology later this month in Hong Kong. Their work was published in the journal, Proceedia Engineering.

 

Smith’s group developed a unique model of a softball that they electronically throw at a virtual head to better understand and prevent injuries.

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