FITguard Mouthpiece Detects Serious Concussions in Sports-Related Head Impacts [VIDEO]
By Daniel Joseph Cruz | June 5, 2014 2:46 PM EST
Force Impact Technologies or known as FIT has developed a new smart mouthguard that will detect possible head-related injuries in sports. While wearing a mouthpiece in various contact sports was helpful in the past, FIT has invented a more improved tool to help athletes worldwide. The idea sprung from one of its founders when he encountered a health-threatening head injury in one of his sports events.
The FITguard is a new sports mouthpiece equipment that has sensitive motion sensors that detects serious head concussions sustained in the event of a strong head impact. The mouthguard has built-in motion sensors and an illuminated green LED strip on the front that turns blue when it senses a medium force impact, and red when there's more than 50 percent chance the user received a health-threatening concussion, according to FITguard's official Web site.
The FITguard was created and developed by Anthony Gonzales and his friend from Arizona State University, Bob Merriman. Gonzales was a former college Rugby player who experienced a strong head impact during a game in 2011. The collision that involved multiple players caused Gonzales to forget what happened to him in that game. Later on, a teammate who has an EMT background prevented Gonzales from continuing to play because he noticed that Gonzales showed signs of sustaining a serious head concussion. It was one of the reasons Gonzales started the development of the FITguard.
The new mouthguard comes with a smartphone app that will display more information regarding the colour of the mouthpiece during usage. The details will also be sent to FIT's database to help the team do more studies and research for the device.
The FITguard project has already received thousands of dollars for its funding, enabling its developers to produce several prototypes. FIT plans on developing the device further to help in the treatment and early detection of head injuries for athletes, sustained in sports activities.
The FITguard is not yet available on the market, and its release is still uncertain. FIT is still waiting to receive more funding to make the FITguard project available for sale.
CREDIT: Anthony Gonzales/YouTube
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- After Win Over Maidana, Mayweather Says He Is Prepared To Negotiate A Fight With Pacquiao
- Still The World Champions: Team USA Overpowers Serbia, 129-92 To Win 2014 FIBA World Cup [PHOTOS]
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Airborne Version of Ebola Virus Could Wipe Out 1.2 Million; Aussie Doctor Appeals For Help
- Justin Bieber Strips for Fashion Week, Flashes Six Pack Abs: His Diet and Workout Secrets
- Kim Kardashian's Pregnancy Glow Returns; Rumour Mill Suggests That Kim Is Pregnant
- Research Finds African Americans and Caribbean Blacks Experiencing Discrimination are at a Greater Risk for Mental Disorders
- Joan Rivers May Have Died From Propofol Like Michael Jackson
- iOS 8 Release Date Of Sept 17 Has Arrived: Update Begins At 10AM Pacific Time, Upgrade Your iDevices With iOS 7.1.2 First To Install iOS 8
- Pregnant Kate Middleton May Call Off Malta Trip Due To Sickness: Royal Couple Will Move To Anmer Hall Residence
- Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 October Release Date Roundup: Freshly Leaked Protective Case Debuts Unique Vent Alongside Camera
- Why Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Not The Best Smartphone To Purchase Now? If You Still Want To, Wait For A Month To Get It Cheap
- Ukraine Crisis: Poland Denies Supplying Weapons To Kiev
- Google Nexus 8 Release Date Countdown Begins Oct 8: 8 Killer Specs and Features to Expect
- Malaysia Airlines Flight MF 370: Indonesian Police Chief Claims He Knows What Happened To Missing Jet