Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Brain Sentry Impact Sensors™, innovative helmet-mounted devices that alert when an athlete suffers an unusually rapid – and potentially dangerous – acceleration of the head, will be provided free-of-charge to high school football players chosen to participate in the 18th Annual Baltimore Touchdown Club (BTC) Senior All-Star Game, to be held on Saturday, December 14 at Archbishop Spaulding High School in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The sensors will help the game’s coaches and trainers to identify players who need to be evaluated for concussion.
Brain Sentry Impact Sensor’s patent-pending sensor technology includes a micro-electromechanical, tri-axial accelerometer capable of measuring acceleration from any direction.
Greg Merril, co-founder and CEO of Brain Sentry, said, “Our compact sensor system accurately measures impact forces. It weighs only one ounce, so the players don't even notice it, it’s waterproof, there is nothing to maintain, the batteries last all year without charging, and you don't even have to remember to turn it on or off.”
Scott Ripley, head football coach and assistant athletic director at St. Paul’s School, and lead organizer of the game on behalf of the BTC, said, “The Brain Sentry sensor is like a hidden gem on the helmet. You barely notice it’s there, but what it will do to protect our all-star players is awesome. Needless to say, their parents are very pleased to learn that we are providing these sensors for use in our upcoming practices and in the game.”
Brain Sentry sensors are made in the U.S. and easily affix to the outside of the helmet (on the back). The product senses head impact and acceleration and serves as another set of eyes helping coaches and trainers identify players that need to be assessed for concussions.
Unlike a structural injury that involves a ligament tear or a shoulder sprain, brain injuries are not always apparent or detectable, so athletes sometimes continue playing without knowing they are at risk for further debilitating outcomes. Among the 135 million participants (ages 6+) in team sports in the U.S., concussions are one of the most commonly reported injuries. According to research published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 39% of the high school and collegiate football players that suffered catastrophic head injuries were found to have been playing with concussion symptoms at the time of the catastrophic event. Under-reporting of concussion is a significant problem that sensors can help address.
Brain Sentry’s initial focus is to provide sensors for the three most popular helmeted contact sports: football, hockey and lacrosse. Brain Sentry is also developing sensors for biking, alpine, and other helmeted activities.
About Brain Sentry: Brain Sentry is privately held and headquartered in Bethesda, MD. The company was founded by a team of award-winning health-related product developers. Brain Sentry has a simple goal: to stop lives from being devastated by sports-related brain injuries. Learn more at http://www.brainsentry.com.