With the endless hours that researchers spend in the lab, it seems that one of the places where we can find answers is in our own backyard. Woodpeckers have a habit of banging their heads, but somehow they manage to escape head injury. How? And more importantly, is it possible for human beings to take a chapter from the woodpecker's book and use that information to prevent head injuries?
By translating the components that seem to keep woodpeckers safe despite their pecking into the design of helmets for high-risk sports such as football and hockey, many brain injuries might be avoided. Not using this knowledge to make the safest helmets may mean we are ignoring simple safety messages that nature has sent us.
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