Major League Lacrosse -- a professional lacrosse league in the United States -- has embraced sensor technology in player helmets. Or more precisely: Players in the league now wear wireless headbands under their helmets. The league, in turn, hopes to gather and analyze the right real-time data to "get out in front of concussions and head injuries," according to Triax Technology, which makes the sensor technology.
Triax promotes Smart Impact Monitor, a small sensor device that sits in headbands worn by athletes. The sensor transmits head impact information to coaches and other personnel on the sidelines. Armed with that data, sideline personnel can potentially spot and more effectively treat athletes who suffer head injuries and concussions.
Moreover, the MLL player data will be rolled up and analyzed by the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI), a non-profit organization whose data scientists perform concussion research.
Triax's core applications include:
- SIM-P, which is designed for individual athletes. Bluetooth transmits all impact data to an iOS application. The user can share the data with his or her coach, physician or family.
- SIM-G, which is a cloud-based service for teams and organizations. It measures G-Force impacts to the head for potential concussion management.
Concussion management and player safety remains a hot topic of discussion across multiple sports.
Former National Football League players, in particular, have allegedly suffered from accumulated brain damage -- likely caused by repeated on-field collisions, according to data scientist research from Johns Hopkins University. The NFL has adjusted its rules and medical guidance in an attempt to reduce player concussions and the cumulative effects of head blows.
Although the NFL has not adopted in-game head sensor technology as of February 2015, at least 20 colleges now use the technology, according to ESPN.
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