High schools across the country continue to be on the cutting edge of concussion and head injury prevention technology.
The latest participant is Middletown (N.Y.)
, which, according to the Times Herald-Record
, recently spent three days of practice testing out a new impact-sensing mouth guard that could help asses the severity of hits.
The device, created by i1 Biometrics, has the look and feel of a normal mouth guard with one key exception. The front of the mouth guard, which goes between the players' lips, contains an accelerometer and a gyroscope. That allows the device to measure the speed and head movement involved in any collision.
The data is then transferred wirelessly to a receiver on the sidelines, which sends the data to a laptop that can be monitored by the athletic training staff.
The mouthpiece comes with a docking station for before and after practices and games that also serves as a sanitizer and charger.
"The name of the game is safety. If we as football don't address these issues, football is going to die," Middletown head football coach Billy Donohue told the Times Herald-Record. "That is really important. This is the future and everybody, I imagine, will be using this type of technology. It's all about the safety of the kids. Anything we can do to help that out, we're very excited to be able to pioneer this."
The mouth guard will not be commercially available until later this year, so i1 Biometrics used Middletown to help test the product as it continues to make the necessary tweaks.