Head Case is a family-owned, dad-driven, grassroots organization that is in agreement with concerned parents everywhere who want sports be to be safer for their children. Head Case has one goal—to help protect young athletes from the risks of undetected cumulative concussions.
To accomplish this safety goal, we have created the Head Health Management System, an affordable three-part system that measures head impacts, records data and provides diagnostic tools to detect potential concussions.
Head impacts and concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young athletes. When left undetected, concussions can result in long-term brain damage and may even prove fatal.
CDC reports show that the amount of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.
- 3,800,000 concussions reported in 2012, double what was reported in 2002
- 33% of all sports concussions happen at practice
- 39% -- the amount by which cumulative concussions are shown to increase catastrophic head
injury leading to permanent neurologic disability
- 47% of all reported sports concussions occur during high school football
- 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a sports concussion during the season
- 33% of high school athletes who have a sports concussion report two or more in the same year
- 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with rising numbers among middle school athletes
- 90% of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness
- An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury-related disability (CDC)
Head Health Management System:
The Head Case system consists of three components:
(1) Head Case Impact Sensor
The Head Case Impact Sensor is a small impact detection device the size of a small flash drive that is mounted inside headgear. The sensor incorporates an accelerometer and a memory board, which records the impact of any hit over a prescribed G-force indicating potential risk to the athlete’s head. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the sensor. Connecting a mini-USB cable to mobile devices operating the Head Case Mobile App or to a computer provides recharging capability and allows transfer of the data recorded on the chip.
(2) Head Case Mobile App
The Head Case Mobile App works with the Head Case Impact Sensor as a field-side tool when a large collision results in an injury. The Head Case Mobile App will walk a parent, trainer or coach through a series of questions about impact-related head trauma. The first set of questions is incident-related, reviewing what happened in the collision; while the second set of questions involves patient response. Once an athlete has completed the field-side concussion symptom detection test, the data from the test is relayed to that athlete’s personal profile on the Head Case Website, where it is paired with impact data collected from the sensor.
(3) Head Case Website
The Head Case Website is the final component in the Head Health Management System. Registered athletes can store their impact data securely on the site, and data is correlated against broad data provided by both the medical community and other athletes. The website is designed to serve as both a resource center for traumatic brain injury information and news, and a personalized record of an athlete’s head traumas across his career.
Once a product is purchased, a unique ID is assigned to every Head Case Impact Sensor. The athlete securely registers their sensor and personal information into the Head Case Website where all recorded information is added to a database and available anywhere via the Cloud. Head Case will track and record all impacts over a preset G-force threshold that an athlete takes over the course of a practice, game, season or year for the lifetime of the athlete. If a traumatic impact occurs and the Head Case Mobile App test is deployed, once the data from the sensor is uploaded, it is automatically paired with the test data and is placed confidentially in that athlete’s file for reporting and analysis.