How does Head Case help athletes?
The Head Health Management System helps athletes by aiding in detecting potential symptoms of a concussion. This is accomplished by measuring the G-force of head impacts through the Head Case Impact Sensor, field-side concussions tests via the Head Case Mobile App, and storing data collected from the sensor and mobile app in a user’s profile on the Head Case Website.
By providing robust data for review and analysis, athletes, parents and coaches can make decisions based on facts rather than fear.
Does Head Case indicate, diagnose or prevent concussions?
No. Head Case records an impact history and provides field-side tools to aid in determining a potential concussion. Only trained medical professionals can diagnose concussion.
How does the Head Case Impact Sensor work?
The sensor measures and records all G-force head impacts received during play above a starting G-force level. For detailed information on how the sensor works, please visit Head Case Impact Sensor.
How does the Head Case Mobile App work?
The field-side test provided via the Head Case Mobile App guides users through a series of questions to aid in determining symptoms of a concussion. For detailed information on how the mobile app works, please visit Head Case Mobile App.
How does the Head Case Website work?
The website is the hub where all data from the sensor and mobile app is securely and confidentially stored, tracked, and analyzed. For detailed information on how the website works, please visit Head Case Website.
How much does the Head Health Management System cost?
- Head Case Impact Sensor - $99.95 (including first year Active Profile subscription)
- Includes sensor and two helmet cradles
- Head Case Mobile App - Free
- Head Case Website Active Profile = Included in purchase of sensor ($20/yr after first year)
Does the Head Case Website store all information from the sensor and mobile app?
The Head Case Website stores all head impacts recorded with the sensor that register above a 20 G-force, which is the initial setting on the sensor. All field-side tests conducted with the mobile app are sent to the Head Case website, both passed and failed tests are recorded confidentially.
Can the impact sensor go in multiple helmets?
The impact sensor can be transferred from helmet to helmet and can be placed in all helmets an athlete uses. The sensor is sold with two helmet cradles, but additional helmet cradles can be purchased for only $5.00 each.
Does the sensor location in the helmet affect how the hits are measured?
Head Case utilizes the latest cutting-edge technology to measure G-force impacts. The location of the hit and sensor on a helmet does not have any effect on an accurate and precise G-force reading.
Does the sensor register a hit if an athlete drops or throws his or her helmet?
Any impact the helmet endures above a pre-determined G-force level (20g) will be recorded on the impact sensor. Please encourage your athlete to protect the integrity of both the helmet and the impact sensor measurement by refraining from throwing or dropping the helmet.
How long does the sensor last?
The sensor is durable and designed to last for the lifetime of an athlete’s career.
How do I turn the sensor off?
The sensor turns off when it is removed from the cradle.
Does the sensor become ruined if it gets wet?
The sensor is water resistant and will not be ruined if it becomes wet. Simply dry the sensor off completely and return to play.
Does the sensor work for all helmets?
You can use the Head Case Impact Sensor in any helmet.
Is the data from the sensor available in real-time?
The impact data is collected in "real-time" but will be analyzed later, as a concussion can take up to 10 hours to fully set in. This information can prove crucial in later concussion analysis. Data from the sensor is not available until it is uploaded via USB to the Head Case website via a PC or smart phone.
How is a G-force threshold determined for an athlete?
A G-force threshold is determined based on weight, height, and impact history. Within typically one week of use, enough impact data has been collected to accurately determine a Head Case G-force threshold for each athlete. The Head Case G-force threshold is unique to Head Case and cannot be used with other systems.
How does the alerting system work?
Once the information from the sensor is uploaded to the Head Case website, an alert is emailed to pre-determined contacts in a user’s online profile, if a statistically significant increase in impact occurs (>50%).
How does information transfer from the sensor to the website?
Information is transferred from the sensor when it is uploaded via USB to the Head Case website via a PC or smart phone. The information contained in the data transfer is the athletes unique ID for their sensor, all of the impacts since the sensor was placed inside the helmet, as well as a time stamp for each impact.
How does information transfer from the mobile app to the website?
All field-side tests are transferred from the mobile app to the website, both passed and failed field-side test. Both field-side tests automatically transfer from the mobile app to the website via wireless message.
How long does the sensor last before needing to be charged?
The sensor has roughly 8-10 hours of battery life before it needs to be charged. As users upload data from the sensor to the website, the sensor regains full charge for use.
Is there a warranty on any Head Case products?
Yes, there is a 1 year replacement warranty on Head Case Sensors.
How do I place the sensor in my helmet?
Remove the adhesive backing on the sensor cradle and place in the crown of the helmet. Once the cradle is placed, insert the sensor into the cradle and listen for the click. Once an athlete hears the click, the sensor is in place.
Is there an instruction manual?
The Head Case Impact Sensor comes with an instruction manual in the packaging, which can also be downloaded from the Head Case website.
How big is the sensor?
The Head Sensor is 2cm long, 1cm wide, and 1cm thick, or the size of a small Flash drive.
What sports can use Head Case?
Any sport that uses or requires a helmet can use the Head Case Impact Sensor technology. Sports such as football, hockey, Lacrosse, baseball, cycling, or softball can benefit from the Head Health Management System.
What if I don’t have a helmet? Can I monitor G-force impact another way?
Head Case is developing a sensor that attaches to a headband as well as an inner ear device, allowing those without helmets to also monitor head impacts through G-force measurement.
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when a head impact jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. The brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid that acts like a cushion during normal movement. If the head or body receives a significant hit, the brain may crash into the skull and sustain injury. Delicate neural pathways in the brain can become damaged, causing neurological disturbances.
Concussions can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage. In some cases, dangerous and sometimes fatal swelling and bleeding can occur inside the brain. The more forceful the blow to the head, the greater the chance of serious injury. Repeated concussions and head trauma without proper healing time between each head injury has been shown to cause long-term harm.
View more information on concussions in our concussion resource center.
What is a G-force?
At Head Case, we measure all head impacts through G-force measurement. A G-force is described as “a force acting on a body as a result of acceleration or gravity, informally described in units of acceleration equal to one g.” For example, a 12-pound object undergoing a g-force of 2g experiences 24 pounds of force.