THE DATA
BEHIND THE DATA.

THE METHODOLOGY BEHIND
ATHLETE INTELLIGENCE

Traumatic brain injury, including concussion, occurs in sporting activities when the head is subjected to sudden high magnitude acceleration caused by a hit. Such hits may occur as a result of accidental or intentional collisions between athletes, or between an athlete and an inanimate object, e.g., a ball, goal post, fence, or the ground. i1Biometrics is prioritizing its research and development efforts in areas surrounding both linear and rotational acceleration.

Linear acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in speed while moving in a straight line, for example when an outfielder collides with the outfield wall while tracking a deep fly ball. Rotational acceleration occurs when the head experiences a change in its rate of rotation, even if there is no straight-line motion. Since most sporting impacts include components of both linear and rotational acceleration, we made it our goal to create a measurement system that could capture all the elements relevant to brain injury.

WE DESIGNED THE VECTOR™ MOUTHGUARD WITH ESP™ CHIP TECHNOLOGY TO PROVIDE HIGH-ACCURACY MEASUREMENTS OF ALL HEAD MOTIONS THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY.

Because the system is in contact with the skull and not the helmet, shoulder or chin strap, Vector MouthGuard is able to precisely measure linear acceleration and rotational acceleration in three dimensions. To validate the performance of our design, we put our system to the ultimate challenge with a pendulum tester and linear hit tester, both calibrated for high-performance data collection.

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