LSU Partners With i1 Biometrics to Measure Head Impact, Concussions
10 Nov, 2014
Players Wearing Vector MouthGuards with ESP Chip Technology Feeding Head Impact, Concussion Data to Trainers
i1 Biometrics, a leading sports information and wearable technology company that has developed the Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology, announces it has partnered with Louisiana State University (LSU) on an engineering and football research Beta program. LSU has outfitted several of its football players with i1 Biometrics’ Vector MouthGuards with ESP Chip Technology to measure the linear and rotational accelerations of head impacts during practice and games.
Over the last few years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the broader sports industry has placed a larger emphasis on better understanding head impact and concussions stemming from on-field activities. i1 Biometrics is working with LSU players, coaches and trainers this season to monitor and measure how football players absorb head impacts during practice and games.
The Vector MouthGuard makes an accurate, real-time reading of head impact, and the ESP Chip Technology helps translate immediate data to a handheld device used by trainers on the sidelines. The data can show the severity and location of the impact, which can assist in proper decision-making by the training staff should they decide to remove the player from the field of play for further medical evaluation.
“A significant struggle faced by coaches and trainers today is centered around knowing the severity and location of head impact on the field of play,” said Jesse Harper, CEO of i1 Biometrics. “The Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology is engineered to reduce the guesswork so that coaches and trainers have accurate and timely data to help make proper decisions for their student athletes.”
“The safety and well-being of our players will always be a priority concern to our program, as well as that of the NCAA,” said Jack Marucci, Director of Athletic Training. “LSU remains at the forefront of leveraging leading medical and research technologies in our football program, and we believe this partnership with i1 Biometrics will provide us with the insight and resources required to have a much better understanding of head impacts and concussions.”
According to CBS News, all football players including high schoolers have a seventy-five-percent chance of suffering a concussion. Between 136,000 and 300,000 sustain one each year. Thirty-Four percent of college players have suffered a concussion and twenty percent have had more than one.
The i1 Biometrics wearable technology offers innovative training benefits beyond head impact and concussions. The Vector MouthGuard and ESP Chip Technology can also play a role in helping athletes achieve optimum performance levels. Through handheld technology, trainers can realize measureable results from performance analytics to shape forward-looking training programs and individualized athlete-conditioning environments.
About i1 Biometrics: Headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., i1 Biometrics is a leading information and technology company that has developed the world’s first mouth guard to accurately measure the linear and rotational accelerations of head impacts during sports and training activities. i1 Biometrics’ Vector MouthGuard utilizes ESP Chip Technology that provides real-time data to anticipate how an athlete absorbs impact during in-game play to maximize training and performance. Leveraging the $14 billion wearable tech industry, i1 Biometrics helps trainers realize measureable results from performance analytics to shape forward-looking training programs and individualized athlete-conditioning environments in a variety of team contact sports. For more information visit www.i1biometrics.com.