Force Impact Technologies lays a hit on concussions in youth sports

In recent years we’ve become increasingly aware of the long-term effects of head trauma, particularly in contact such as football, soccer, and hockey. Personally, I remember Glen “Big Baby” Davis taking an elbow to the head in the NBA playoffs a few years back, and watching him stumble around the floor afterward was truly scary.

But an innovative new company is looking to change that in youth . Anthony Gonzales of ( introduced me to the company’s FITGuard, a head injury awareness mouth guard equipped with a ±200 g from and ’s MAX21000 to process linear and before illuminating a high luminosity RGB from when force impacts occur (blue indicates a medium force impact, while red indicates severe).

For coaches and parents monitoring several athletes on the field at once, the FITGaurd also incorporates a Low Energy (BLE) for communication with a smartphone app, which documents trauma over the course of a season and, importantly, can be made available to medical professionals attempting to diagnose the severity of head injuries. The FITGaurd can be programmed to the age, gender, and weight of individual athletes, and, in time, Gonzales hopes that data gathered through the company’s app can be used to establish a clinical database for sports-related head impacts, which would be the first of its kind.

This is a truly good idea and for a really good cause. More on the technology is available below.

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