Improving safety in sports
'Impact indicator' measures force of hit
- Duration 4:24
- Date Aug 27, 2012
'Impact indicator' measures force of hit
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This story about trauma and tragedy Austin -- a promising high school football player suffers a concussion during a Friday night game two days later.
Austin sadly took its own life scientists say there may be a link between that injury and his death but now one sports company is helping.
Two key players like Austin safe measuring the impact of hits in youth football and even the NFL.
With its impact indicator joining us now is Chris or co CEO of battle sports science and kill the father of Austin -- whose middle son walker.
Was saved by the -- good to -- -- -- -- -- this is an important device.
If you could tell -- about the technology -- behind the indicator.
It is not designed to prevent a concussion nothing can do that what is designed to do -- how does it do.
Real simply is designed to indicate when an athlete has sustained an impact.
Where threshold has been crossed -- head injury is more likely.
And the device if you could hold it up for folks -- lights up every time there is a -- -- -- type -- you can't say on a percent that this was a concussion.
But this may have been how can this help young.
-- -- -- first by everybody has their own individual concussion threshold so we're real careful as it relates to predicting or diagnosing device that's really neither.
Of those two things that -- by simply does exactly what.
Its name it indicates what an impact has been felt by the athlete.
-- cross into this threshold where other studies have indicated that concussion is more likely.
I'm really are devices meant to pull it came from the game.
So that the appropriate medical professionals on the sidelines can determine if that player that child should go back into the game and continue to be impacted.
Unfortunately cannot bring back Austin but tell us about the -- you do have.
This with us how it helped him and how it changed your thinking.
In terms of when you sought light up during a game I'll walker was -- who -- -- the fifth time he's a fullback he took the ballroom.
-- on the middle took a shot never never went on the ground -- or anything but on.
Come back into the next -- when his teammates noticed that felt that the -- had changed -- from this team had been.
Kind of aware were were made aware of the -- the technology as well and just looking for a -- that he is no longer playing football.
Tell -- exactly for folks out there this is this is not for the NFL -- -- there is BenJarvus green Ellis who wore this device in the Super -- on the biggest of stages.
This is for youth football players many of whom don't have a trainer or a doctor in -- that's true.
Really that decision to put it on NFL players is more for awareness.
-- Thomas from the season to -- it this season as well as BenJarvus.
-- simply to bring attention that the real focus for us is on the millions of kids who are playing contact sports.
Around the country every day without the appropriate medical professionals.
On the sidelines to ensure that they're safe and we know for a fact kids don't.
Come forth when -- when they even know they've been injured let alone when they know when they don't know that they've taken.
I -- that might cause a concussion -- they are actually can cost -- skill let me close this with I know that scientists can't say there's a direct link that.
That they can't say this definitely would have saved your son or not.
But it's more information out there for parents and what is your message for parents out there -- to decide what to do when your son has a very difficult hit on the football field and considering a device like this.
The biggest the biggest most important thing is to make -- targets appropriate.
Program medical attention.
Visited the athletic trainers on the sidelines they're there just to check and see what's going on even if you go to the ER.
Yeah doctors are more for trauma.
Need to go to somebody who's.
Been trained specifically how to deal with concussions.
And and brain injuries and then also to be aware and and to educate yourself.
More on what the importance of cognitive rest especially and especially in his first 48 to 72 hours.
People at the brain give it to get a chance to try and start to heal itself it can take you know days weeks or even months sometimes.
But those first few few hours are especially important.
We're we're sorry if you're lost to thank you for being here is -- message -- Chris thank you appreciate it thanks video leaked information.
Where you can find indicator to our web -- thank you both for being here thanks Travis.