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Impact Sensors: gForce Tracker

The GForceTracker (GFT) is small and durable advanced monitoring system that provides real-time, quantitative data on linear g-force and rotational acceleration to help teams, trainers, and doctors measure and detect impacts and injuries.

New Concussion Report's Failure To Discuss Impact Monitoring Unfortunate Omission

The MomsTEAM staff and I are still digging into the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council's three-hundred-some-odd page report on sports-related concussions in youth sports,[1]  but one thing jumped out at me at my first pass: When I did a search in the report for a discussion of impact monitoring devices (a/k/a hit sensors), I found only one brief mention of sensors in the committee's recommendation that the Centers for Disease Control fund large scale data collection efforts for research purposes, including data from impact sensors.

Conspicuous by its absence from the new IOM/NRC report on concussions in youth sports was any mention of the use of real-time impact monitoring systems on the sports sideline. Unfortunately, the lack of any such discussion will just end up making it that much more difficult to get the message out that the benefits of real-time impact monitoring, and place an additional obstacle in the path to their use.

NFHS Responds to IOM/NRC Report on Sports-Related Concussions

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) responded to the release in October 2013 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) of a detailed report on “Sports-Related Concussions in Youth – Improving the Science, Changing the Culture" with a statement supporting the report’s conclusion that a "culture change is a national priority.”  

Baseline Neurocognitive Testing: Is It Really Necessary?

While computerized neuropsychological testing has become increasingly popular in concussion management in recent years, its use, particularly the need for baseline NP testing, remains controversial and, if anything, the trend appears to be away from recommending routine testing of all athletes, or even all athletes in contact or collision sports with a high risk of concussion.

How 10+ Concussions Changed My Life and Inspired Me to Help Kids

A former athlete and father of three who suffered 10 or more concussions playing sports didn't want them to experience the long-term symptoms he struggles with every day, so he started a company in the emerging field of impact sensor system products.

'Culture of Resistance' for Self-Reporting Concussions, Study Finds

Young athletes in the U.S. face a "culture of resistance" to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, which could endanger their well-being, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

Multiple Concussions: No Lingering Effect On Cognitive Function, Says Study

Adolescent athletes with a history of multiple concussions perform just as well on brief computerized tests of neurocognitive function than those without such history, although those who a history of two or more concussions self-reported more concussion symptoms, says a new study.

Ensure Successful Return To Classroom After Concussion, Says Pediatrics Group

Helping a student-athlete make a successful return to learning after a concussion is just as important as ensuring their safe return to sports, and requires a team approach involving parents, health care professionals, and schools, says the American Academy of Pediatrics in an important new clinical report.

CTE: What Is Risk To Athletes Who Stop Playing Football After High School?

Men who played high school football in Minnesota in the decade after World War II are not increased risk of later developing dementia, Parkinson's or ALS compared with non-football playing high school males, according to a study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic. 
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