On Thursday, we looked at Guardian Cap, a company that’s trying to prevent concussions with protective padding outside of the helmet. Today, we examine a company that’s doing its concussion work inside the mouth.
X2Impact signed an agreement with the NFL earlier this week to provide concussion management software. X2Impact has been making its mark by creating collecting data on head injuries through its electronic-filled mouthguard.
That’s right. The X2 mouthguard is more than plastic and rubber. It has strategically placed circuitry throughout the mouthpiece that sends information to a base station on the sideline. Through Cloud computing, the information is immediately available on a tablet via an app. According to KOMONews.com in Seattle:
“Our system allows for the sideline staff, coaches, trainers, team physicians to view head impact information in real time, placed in the context of an individual player’s recent impact history,” said X2Impact co-founder and CEO Christoph Mack.
The device even caught the attention of Geekwire.com, a chronicler of start-up businesses. Geekwire explained that for now, X2 won’t be used to yank players from a game.
While it can keep concussed players from going back on the field, it can also alleviate concerns after a hard hit, keeping a player in the game who might otherwise be removed. The data collected can also be used for research purposes to create better-designed head protection for players.
For now, the NFL’s agreement solely will be for the use of the company’s concussion software, not the mouthguards, according to Geekwire.
X2IMPACT’s software application lets teams immediately assess concussion data on the sidelines? with information on short- and long-term memory, cognitive performance, body stability, balance, motor skills, etc.; and provides instant access to past and present medical information of each player.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor