October 22, 2014
Whether it’s in professional hockey or high school football, concussions can be common among athletes. However, the severity is sometimes hard to track.
“Concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries among the 135 million participants in team sports, including the estimated 3.8 million sports-related concussions reported in the US each year,” says Anthony Gonzales, Executive Director at Force Impact Technologies. “Many athletes return to the game without knowing they have an existing head injury and cause further damage.”
Force Impact Technologies is introducing the FITGuard, “a mouthguard that solves the problem of athletes returning to play when there is a probability of head injury,” according to a release.
Additionally, the FITGuard is offering one of the most accurate measurements of impacts that cause a concussion through a clinically proven system.
“With the launch of FITGuard, we hope to provide a full service approach by detecting high impact head injuries and pushing for further evaluation from a physician, when necessary,” says Gonzalez.
Here’s what you should know about the FITGuard, according to the teams recent announcement:
- It uses sensors: The sensors “ monitor the center of gravity of the brain, and detect potential head injuries.”
- The FITGuard can detect both minor and severe concussions: “The FITGuard uses an LED indication with green, blue, or red signals to represent a low, medium, or high force impact.”
- It collects data in real time: “After each hit the data is transferred to the FITGuard mobile application for analysis and recording.”
- It’s user specific: each user can establish their own threshold based on their age, weight, and gender.
- It helps determine if athletes should play: “After an event, the quantifiable data is ready immediately to help parent.”
The FITGuard launched on Indiegogo on October 17 and the team will ship its product to users starting September 15th.
More about Force Impact Technologies and the Team
Both Gonzalez and Merriman graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. The company was founded in 2013 and has locations in Los Angeles, CA and Tempe, AZ. While the team is based in the U.S., they hope to encourage concussion safety and awareness in any location.
“With its first product, the FITGuard, Force Impact Technologies promotes concussion awareness to youth athletes around the world,” reads a press release.
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