New study shows even in Women's non-contact NCAA level hockey, concussion level hits are dangerously high; Developers of Shockbox Helmet Impakt Sensors discover

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The controversial concussion in sports topic continues to prove eye opening and the facts are staggering. Shockbox developers, Impakt Protective Inc. did a women's hockey university study and it showed that there are lots of major impacts above 50 g where it was previously believed that 96% of hits are supposed to be below 50 g.

"The data provides team medical staff with an immediate reference point to begin preventative measures in the form of coaching correction, reduced exposure levels, game time recovery and potential concussion assessment." says Crossman

Reduced exposure levels, game time recovery and potential concussion assessment are possible with the helmet impact sensor from the results of this study.

This week (Jan 25 & 26) the developers of the Shockbox Helmet Impact Sensor will present their findings at the Ontario Medical Association Sport Med 2013 conference in Toronto, ON. The Shockbox wirelessly sends impact data to your smartphone when a player receives an at risk hit that may result in concussion.This helmet sensor is a vital tool for concussion management.

Direct head impacts and minor traumatic brain injury (mTBI) research in hockey has traditionally involved high cost three-dimensional research tools for gathering data from helmet sensors during games and practices. The cost and operational demand to use these complex systems deems their use unfavourable. The development of a low cost non-accelerometer based impact sensor with a smartphone interface has allowed the lay-person to monitor, track and maintain records of all hits to players’ heads. The sensor uses binary force switch technology to capture events above a 50g threshold and report the event to any smartphone platform via Bluetooth in real time.

The system has been identified to be reliable and accurate to within 15% of headform linear acceleration in recent laboratory trials (Foreman & Crossman, 2012). The objective of this study was to investigate the frequency and direction of direct head impacts to women CIS (Canadian Inter-University Sport) ice hockey players during all games and practices. The purpose was to evaluate the application, reliability and usability of the helmet sensors in vivo on a select population. The wireless helmet sensors were secured to the top of the players’ helmet for the entire hockey team to relay alerts and capture data during direct head impacts, falls and body checks. All games and practices were video recorded using two cameras at intersection angles to capture the entire rink to verify and qualify the reported sensor/smartphone alert events.

A total of 80 direct helmet impacts were recorded across 19 players in a 3 month period. Over this three month period, a total of 4 concussions were reported by the team staff, for which all were recorded by the helmet sensors. One of the reported concussions was the result of a player collision, two were the result of a fall to the ice and the remaining was the result of a player and board collision. The application of helmet sensors in ice hockey games and practices has been shown to provide real time and longitudinal data on direct head impact exposure levels to ice hockey players.

Impakt Protective has worked with Neurosurgeon, Dr Charles Tator PhD, MD (watch video above) as well as been involved in other research trials in snow sports - WSU to research concussions in snow sports, as well as POP Warner Football.

Danny Crossman, CEO Impakt Protective, founder of the Ottawa based start up company helped develop the military helmet standard and has been included in various round table discussions in Canada and the United States as subject matter experts. With the release of the Shockbox Helmet Impact Sensor for concussion management, the Shockbox is a device parents, coaches and trainers need to take notice of in order to stay current in the technology available in this sector and the safety of players. The Shockbox is available in several sports such as hockey, football, lacrosse and ski and snowboard. "We feel strongly about being part of the solution with this very serious concussion issue in sports," says Crossman, "research has been the key to our development and success and our mission to support concussion management programs everywhere so players can continue to enjoy the sport they love."

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