The Head Case Impact Sensor
The Head Case Impact Sensor is a small removable device inserted into a cradle that is attached to a helmet. Multiple cradles are provided, allowing the sensor to be moved from helmet to helmet and sport to sport for the lifetime of an athlete’s career.
The Head Case Impact Sensor measures impacts in G-force through an accelerometer and records every impact an athlete takes during sport. The sensor also sends an alert if a hit above a pre-determined, athlete-specific threshold occurs. All impacts are measured and recorded during play, then sent wirelessly to the athlete’s online Athlete Profile for storage and analysis.
By reviewing the athlete’s normal impact history and comparing impact data to national averages based collected user data, parents and coaches can make informed decisions on the head health of their athlete. The Head Case Impact Sensor is the first step in our comprehensive system that detects head impacts of concern and alert parents when thresholds are exceeded.
How It Works
Remove the Head Case sensor from its packaging and plug it into a computer to charge the device and register the sensor on the Head Case Website where a unique ID will be provided. If you are part of a team, your coach or trainer may also register and charge the sensor on your behalf. The sensor may also be charged by using the mini USB wall charger. The sensor charge will last up to one week.
Attach the helmet cradle to the inside of the helmet (or outside based on that sport’s helmet type) and insert the Head Case Impact Sensor into the cradle, making sure it is facing the right way. (There will be an arrow on the sensor indicating the right direction and side.)
Once the Head Case Impact Sensor is inserted into the cradle, it will turn itself on. All impact data including the date and time of all impacts will be recorded. Impact data is sent wirelessly to the athlete’s mobile and online Athlete Profile. The sensor will send an alert if it detects a head impact of concern or an impact above a preset threshold reflective of the specific athlete’s impact history.
After the athlete has finished playing or when the battery is drained, remove the sensor and connect the sensor to a computer via micro USB or AC Adaptor to charge. Once connected to the Athlete Impact Data and Analysis Center, sensor thresholds can be updated based on the athlete’s impact history. Each athlete’s threshold number is unique and specific to him or her, and is not based on a national average or arbitrary number.