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Why Woodpeckers Don't get Concussions and What it Means for Children's Health

A physician kept emailing me and said he had been studying woodpeckers and figured out a way to prevent concussions," says Greg Myer, Ph.D., FACSM, certified strength and conditioning specialist, director of research and the Human Performance Laboratory at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Division of Sports Medicine.

His curiosity piqued, Myer agreed to meet with the physician behind the emails. It was David Smith, M.D., a clinician and inventor with a novel idea: What if we replicate the physiology of woodpeckers to protect people from brain trauma?

That was nearly four years ago. Today, Smith is a visiting research scientist at Cincinnati Children's, working with Myer on traumatic brain injury projects.


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