Under-reporting of concussion is a significant problem that sensors can help address, both in football and lacrosse.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) January 10, 2014
Brain Sentry Impact Sensor, an innovative helmet-mounted device that alerts when an athlete suffers a rapid - and potentially dangerous - acceleration of the head, has been selected by Rockville, MD-based Performance Lacrosse to help its coaches and trainers to identify players who need to be evaluated for concussion. Use of the sensor by Performance Lacrosse was announced at the US Lacrosse National Convention, the largest trade show for the sport, which begins today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will continue through tomorrow afternoon.
Brain Sentry Impact Sensor's patent-pending sensor technology includes a micro-electromechanical, tri-axial accelerometer capable of measuring acceleration from any direction. Helmets provide varying levels of impact protection depending on the direction of the hit. Brain Sentry's proprietary, DAS technology (Directionally Adaptive Sensing) provides a consistent alert level - independent of hit direction or helmet type.
Greg Merril, co-founder and CEO of Brain Sentry, said, "Our compact sensor system accurately measures impact forces, it's affordable and it does not burden coaches. It's light (1-oz.), waterproof, there is nothing to maintain, the batteries last all year without changing, and you don't even have to remember to turn it on or off."
Ray Megill, founder and CEO of Performance Lacrosse, 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 players is awesome."
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 an early warning for possible brain injury.
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, both in football and lacrosse.
Brain Sentry's initial focus is to provide sensors for the three most popular helmeted contact sports: football, lacrosse, and hockey. 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.