Smart mouth guard will inform athletes when they have sustained a concussion

Custom made mouthguard (the occurrence of Biometrics).

More than half of the estimated 3.8 million sports concussions that occur in the U.S. go undetected each year.

That is where a smart piece of equipment which is developed by the Minneapolis-based startup to Prevent Biometrics wants to help. The company has developed a mouth guard to pair with a mobile app, to inform players of the head of the trauma received during the play of games.

This is performed in real-time, with the monitor able to record information related to the direction, the strength and location of impact. When the impact greater than a predetermined threshold, a light on the display is red, and the trainers or guardians be notified, so that the player can be removed from the game to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

“What makes this product so exciting is that there is not really a product for the measurement of these effects as precisely and in real-time,” co-founder and CEO Steve Washburn told Digital Trends. “In fact, it is a plus or minus five percent margin of error, and that [makes] the only product to meet the NFL’s validation standard for main effects.”

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The smart mouth guard was developed in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeons, and engineers over a period of six years. Along the way, the occurrence of Biometrics was the sub-awardee of a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

“In the near future, we want to make use of the head impact monitor to help reduce the number of undiagnosed concussions that happen every year,” Washburn continued. “Ultimately, our goal is to use this data to create a safer sport by improving sports facilities and technique, as well as helping to advance a concussion protocol and treatment.”

The mouth guard is set to be shown off in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. After that, Washburn said users in six launch markets will be able to get their hands (or, better said, their teeth) on the product to in 2017 — with a nationwide availability of 2018.

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