Ahead of the game: the smart technology that’s fighting concussions in professional sport
In many major contact sports, concussions and other head injuries are one of the most dangerous injuries an athlete can face, with an estimated 3.8 million occurring in the US every year – half of which go undetected. Concussions are hard to diagnose at the best of times, and near impossible during a sporting event, which is why Prevent Biotechnology took on the challenge to create an accurate and measurable tool to try and lessen the long-term impact they can have.
Their invention, the HIMS (Head Impact Motion Sensor) mouth-guard is a compact monitor that streams real-time data to coaches and medical staff, allowing them to intervene as soon as they see a force profile that crosses the safe threshold. By acting quickly and preventing further damage, doctors can prevent a concussion turning into a far more serious injury.
As smart technology is increasingly developed for medical applications, it changes the way we look at healthcare and safety. The HIMS mouth-guard is the latest in a long line of safety advancements that are making today’s professional athletes the safest in history.