Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Treehouse Labs announced that it will soon be testing a RFID prototype that enables a sensing system inside of football helmets to alert coaches and medical staff when a player experiences an impact great enough to cause a concussion.
Using RFID tags embedded into player’s helmet, data is transmitted to a Web-based server that can be accessed via smart phones. Information gathered from the RFID tags could assist medical staff in diagnosing head injuries quicker and take the appropriate steps for treatment, increasing the player’s safety and long-term health.
In addition to football, the system could find itself useful in other contact sports such as hockey and lacrosse. Other sports such as auto and motorcycle racing and cycling could benefit as well.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, some 85% of sports-related concussions go undiagnosed.
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