March 9, 2015 >
KIRKLAND, Washington – i1 Biometrics, a leading sports wearable tech company that has developed the Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology, announced today it has signed an agreement with the Texas A&M University. Members of the Aggie football team will wear the Vector MouthGuards this spring to measure the brain’s linear and rotational accelerations from impacts experienced in practices and games.
According to Harvard University and Boston University researchers, NCAA football players report having six suspected concussions and twenty-one “dings” for every diagnosed concussion. Several NCAA Division-I football teams are leveraging the Vector MouthGuard from i1 Biometrics as a way to accurately and consistently collect a detailed amount of individual data about head impacts sustained during practices and games. Texas A&M is the latest major NCAA football program to adopt the Vector MouthGuard and the Impact Intelligence System from i1 Biometrics. Louisiana State University wore the sensing devices in 2014 and the University of Kansas and the University of South Carolina announced earlier this month that Jayhawk and Gamecock players will wear the high tech mouthguards in 2015.
“The Texas A&M University Athletic Department is highly committed in the management of sports concussions,” said David Weir, Athletic Trainer at Texas A&M. “This technology allows us to better monitor impacts, force, and location of those impacts in our football players.”
The Vector MouthGuard uses a carefully developed and tested algorithm to measure, translate and transfer data to a handheld, mobile device used by trainers on the sidelines. The data can show the magnitude, location and direction of the impact, which can assist the athletic training staff with not only real-time awareness of forces for further medical evaluation of players, but also for post-event understanding of how those forces affect individual athletes over time. There is more and more evidence showing that the mechanisms of brain injuries sustained in sports are highly individualized.
“Concussion management is an area football and other sports programs at all levels are trying to improve in an effort to elevate player safety,” said Jesse Harper, CEO of i1 Biometrics. “The Vector MouthGuard with ESP Chip Technology leverages a highly sensitive and accurate micro electronic technology to relay critical head impact information back to the sideline in real-time, reducing some of the guesswork for trainers and coaches. It is our hope that this is seen as a very positive move in the right direction for all who participate, coach or care for athletes in contact sports and we appreciate industry leaders like the Texas A&M and their athletic training leadership adopting our technology as a way to help remove some of the guesswork involved in head impacts.”
About i1 Biometrics:
Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, i1 Biometrics is a leading information and sports technology company that has developed the world’s first mouth guard to accurately measure the linear and rotational accelerations the brain experiences from head impacts during sports and training activities. i1 Biometrics’ Vector MouthGuard utilizes ESP Chip Technology to provide highly accurate and reliable, real-time data about not only the number of hits but also the exact magnitude, direction, location and time of such impacts. Leveraging three years of R&D and scientific validation, the Vector and the complete Impact Intelligence System helps athletic trainers and sports concussion specialists realize measurable results from objective analytics to better provide individualized athlete care. For more information visit www.i1biometrics.com.