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Sponsored by the National Football League, GE (Fairfield, CT, US), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, MD, US) and sports apparel maker Under Armour (Baltimore, MD, US), the 2015 Head Health Challenge III will reward up to US$3 million to companies and organizations that deliver novel materials to address and mitigate concussion risks in football and other sports. Clemson University (Clemson, SC, US) associate professor of bioengineering John DesJardins says his team is currently conducting research on potential composite materials for football helmets (see main story) and will participate in the Challenge.

This short article is a sidebar to a feature article on the advent of fiber-reinforced plastics in American football helmets, titled "Composites tackle concussions." Read the feature article by clicking on its title under "Editor's Picks" at top right.

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