Dan Nicholson, Founder & Owner
A life-long athlete, coach and father of three young athletes, Dan Nicholson has seen and experienced firsthand how head impact and sports concussions can affect the body. In his youth, collegiate and adult athletic career, he experienced 10+ concussions, with several going undetected. Now later in adulthood, he feels the effects of previous sports concussions every day. While he still participates in football, skiing, hockey, boxing and martial arts, the effects of his athletic career have left their mark.
While coaching Pee Wee football, youth hockey, baseball and soccer, he took countless athletes off the field after a hard hit. While concussions and head trauma are a necessary part of contact sports, through concussion awareness and concussion evaluation, athletes can play safely and be removed from play after a hard hit. But without a way to measure and document the hits, and with youth athletes receiving care from medical professionals not present to see the head impact, a high possibility of long-term damage remained. Concerned for the health of his children and frustrated by the lack of affordable concussion detection and evaluation options, he decided to take matters into his own hands by creating Head Case.
Dan brings over 20 years of experience in the technology and data sector, and has worked for SPSS, Business Objects, SAP and 1010data doing data analysis. Utilizing this technology background, Dan developed a way to record and track impact data over the span of an athlete’s career in a way that is affordable to all parents of youth athletes.
By bringing awareness to the national concussion epidemic, Dan hopes to help other concerned parents whose children participate in high impact sports with concussion risk. By bringing Head Case to the market, he hopes to keep his three children safe and on the path for long-term success.