KU football team trying new technology to spot concussions, boost national research- Paul Mickle

The University of Kansas football team will be one of the first colleges to use impact-sensing mouthguards this spring, when the team prepares for the upcoming season. This new technology allows trainers at the university to see how a specific player reacts differently to hard hits. While this device does not diagnose concussions, it does give trainers the ability to see and track the impact of a hard hit. After play is over, trainers are also able to receive information on their handheld device regarding the impact of a hit. This new technology allows trainers to track first hand how affected an athlete is by a hard hit, which will hopefully lead to better concussion safety. This mouthguard is no different from a normal mouthguard, so it does not effect the player at all. Going forward, it will be interesting to see the results of the data collected and if more teams at the college and professional level start to institute this device.



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