The Q-Collar protection device can be put to good use by hunters

This innovative piece of technology worn by professional athletes and military elites can also protect hunters in the field.

Have you ever suffered a searing headache after seeing your gun or filling your waterfowl limit? Discordant gunshots don’t just cause temporary discomfort. Over time, repeated impact can lead to serious structural changes in the brain.

Similarly, athletes who sustain repeated shocks to the head and military personnel who experience shock waves can face long-term damage and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The CDC estimates that between 1.6 and 3.8 million recreational and sports-related brain injuries occur in the United States each year, and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reports that more than 333,000 U.S. service members have received diagnosed with brain injuries since 2000. The effects of such injuries can be devastating, debilitating and career ending.

That’s why the Q30 Innovations team created the Q-collar.

How the Q collar works

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Although helmets provide some protection from the outside, they cannot prevent the “brain plugging” that occurs inside the skull. The doctors behind the Q-Collar discovered a way to address the limitations of external protection and find a solution that works inside the body.

Worn around the neck, the Q-Collar is a lightweight C-shaped band that applies gentle pressure to the muscles surrounding the jugular veins. This causes a temporary increase in blood volume in the head and subsequently minimizes brain movement within the skull, essentially cushioning the brain upon impact. It prevents twisting and tearing of neurons, which ultimately leads to TBI.

Since the development of the prototype, the Q-Collar has been the subject of more than 25 laboratory and clinical studies with more than 1,000 participants, and the results have been extremely positive. In animals, it reduced damage to brain neurons and axons by more than 80%.

Last February, the Q-Collar received FDA clearance as protective equipment for athletes 13 years and older. the the government agency reported athletes not wearing the Q-Collar were three times more likely to experience significant brain tissue changes from repeated head impact (RHI) than those who did.

And the pros agree. Retired Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly – who also happens to be an avid fisherman and hunter – wore the Q-Collar in his last three NFL seasons after three concussions in as many years .

While Kuechly couldn’t divulge much at the time because the technology was still being tested, he recently compared the Q-Collar to its mouthpiece and shoulder pads – an essential piece of protective gear. He rarely took it off and thinks it gave him a competitive edge.

Q-Collar for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts

While the Q-Collar was originally developed for athletes, military and law enforcement, surfers, skiers, backcountry cyclists and even hunters can also benefit from the brain protection technology.

Long days of zeroing your rifle at the range, shouldering a shotgun aimed at upland birds, and sabotaging it at high altitudes can take a toll on hunters. And years of repeated impact? It’s a recipe for the same type of RHI issues faced by professional athletes and career military personnel.

Fortunately, there are strong arguments that the Q-Collar also protects the brain in this application.

Beyond FDA-recognized brain protection, anecdotal evidence suggests it may provide additional benefits such as shooting accuracy for longer periods of time, hearing protection, headache reduction, better focus and even prevention of altitude sickness. That equates to better long-term health, but more efficient ethical performance every time the Q-Collar is around your neck.

First-hand experience with the Q-Collar

Q-collar

Q-collar

With spring gobbler season approaching and perfect range day weather approaching, I got my own Q-Collar to test. After a quick measurement around the middle of my neck, I was able to match my number to the correct Q-Collar size.

The Q-Collar comes in a handy travel case with a fit-checking tool to make sure you’ve received the right size – too big or too small, and it won’t hug your neck properly for you to wear. enjoy.

It was a little weird when I first slipped it around my neck, but I forgot I was wearing it within minutes. An hour of recoil and resounding gunfire later, I felt great with no ringing in my ears or headaches. I will definitely be wearing my Q-Collar next time I’m in the woods.

Even when every ounce counts, this lightweight and potentially changeable piece is barely noticeable. If the kids can chase a soccer ball in 80-degree temperatures or the SWAT officers can add to their rugged gear setups, it surely won’t weigh you down.

The Q-Collar could be a great investment for any hunter or outdoor enthusiast, but especially for young hunters who have decades of action ahead of them.

Made in the USA, the Q-Collar is completely waterproof. You should always wear other necessary protective equipment, such as helmets or hearing protection, for the chosen activity with the Q-Collar.

Although people with certain conditions should refrain from using Q-Collar, no adverse side effects have been reported from proper use. You can learn more and buy your own Q-Collar for $199 at QCollar.com.

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Elizabeth J. Harless