October 31, 2013
With the fall football season in full swing, many organizations are working to raise awareness about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that players face on the field. The effort comes for good reason also, considering the North Carolina Brain Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst point out that a TBI occurs every 23 seconds in the United States today.
In response to the rising concerns for player health, sports equipment manufacturer, Riddell, has developed a new piece of technology that can be used to measure the force of an impact on a players head during a hit in a game or practice. According to an article from Engadget, the device is called the InSite head-impact monitoring system and costs around $350 to get started using it.
The system works by implanting sensors into the helmet of the player. Then, when a hit occurs, data gathered by the sensors is sent to a unit on the sidelines that can interpret the data. This can be used to inform coaches and staff that a player may be at risk of having suffered a TBI as a result of a hit.
Experts say that while the system cannot reduce the chances of injury, it can be used to get those who do sustain an injury medical attention in a more timely and consistent manner.
HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful that such systems will be put into use at all levels of play as soon as possible.