The Q-Collar helps protect the brain from sports-related impacts. It is designed for maximum comfort and safety through any movement and to be worn with existing equipment, including helmets.
The technology behind the Q-Collar was first envisioned by doctors who identified the movement of the brain inside the skull, or “slosh”, as a key cause of structural changes to the brain. By inventing a simple, yet innovative, device worn around the neck, these doctors determined they could help reduce the movement of the brain.
The Q-Collar uses the body’s own physiology to help stabilize the brain by applying light pressure to the jugular veins. This pressure slightly increases blood volume inside the skull and helps reduce the brain’s movement—which is the primary cause of brain injuries. In doing so, the Q-Collar helps protect the brain from sports-related impacts.
It’s not always about the big hit or the clearly diagnosed concussion. Repeated hits to the head, even smaller impacts, called sub-concussive hits, have been shown to result in structural changes to an athlete’s brain over the course of a season. The Q-Collar helps to protect the brain from these structural changes as a result of both big and small hits.
"The collars have been seen in-game as used by Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill."
"Sask. Selects Football director Zeljko Stefanovic said 100 players from the under-14 and under-16 teams in his winter program wear the devices and tested them out during a tournament in San Antonio, Texas. "It was the first time we'd ever actually come back in San Antonio without having a single brain injury, which was huge for us," said Stefanovic in a recent interview."