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New Brain Injury App to Help Detect Brain Injury in Student Athletes
Every year, as many as 170,000 children and teenagers suffer traumatic brain injuries while playing sports. When it comes to traumatic brain injury, any brain injury lawyer will tell you that early detection is key to saving the child’s life, and possibly helping reduce the long-term impact of the injury.
A new brain injury app claims to be able to detect when a person has suffered a serious injury. The app has been designed to alert parents, as well as other responsible adults like coaches and trainers that it is necessary to deliver medical attention.
The app is called ShockBox, and it works through a small wireless sensor that is affixed inside a helmet. The app detects impact when the person suffers an injury, and then makes use of Bluetooth technology to transmit alerts to a mobile device. These alerts are color-coded. For instance, an orange code signifies an impact of over 50 Gs, while red indicates an impact of over 90 Gs.
According to the developers, the app can be paired with more than 120 sensors to make it possible for a single person to monitor the health of several users. For instance, a coach may use the app to monitor an entire hockey or football team, and detect the presence of brain injury in any player.
The app is downloadable for free, and can be used with your iPhone, android, iPod or Blackberry. However, the sensor which has to be fixed under the helmet costs about $150.
Reducing the risk of traumatic brain injuries involving college athletes and high school athletes who play contact sports like football and hockey, has become a major priority for schools and colleges across the country. These athletes may suffer from multiple concussions, many of which are not taken seriously. A concussion is a serious injury that can cause memory problems, concentration difficulties and other problems.
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