Popular sports such as football, basketball, and cricket have come a long way, and technology has always been a key element as they evolved over decades. While performance on the field is always stressed upon in sports, safety has always been a top priority for sportspersons as well as their managers. Injuries and accidents are observed more often than not in high-risk sports such as extreme sports and American football. Although the rate of injuries may have reduced in these sports due to the use of high-tech sports equipment, the risk of injuries to players is still high.
Today, sports equipment manufacturers are introducing new products integrated with sophisticated technology to bring down the risk of injuries. Smart helmets, for instance, are equipped with advanced cameras and latest foaming technology to help monitor the performance of players and ensure their safety during the game or practice sessions. According to sources, smart helmet manufacturers are mainly focusing on products with intelligent features that measure the level of impact to the head in sports-related accidents. This will help sportspersons to have technology-driven guidance to decide whether to continue playing even after an injury or retire for the game.
Smart Sensors in Smart Helmets are the Need of the Time for Sportspersons
When it comes to smart helmets, the focus is usually on sensor technology. Research and development teams are working hard to create innovative sensors and smart technology to support them. In May 2019, Missouri S&T, an American public land grant and space grant university, mentioned in its recent post that one of its professors is working on a smart helmet technology. The US Army Research Laboratory provided Dr. Jie Huang, Missouri S&T’s electrical and computer engineering professor, with a grant of $2.3 million to help develop an advanced smart helmet technology.
According to the post, the technology will help in prompt, reliable, and smart identification of military-related traumatic brain injuries by autonomously collecting and processing data related to trauma-inducing actions. Interestingly, Huang’s team is also working on a football smart-helmet prototype with sensors that react to blunt-force impacts between 3 and 15 on the Glasgow Coma Scale.
Smart helmets are also being adopted by schools to ensure the safety of students during sports activities. According to a press release in May 2019, North Carolina’s Mountain Island Charter School will provide its football team with new smart helmets for the school year 2019-2020. The smart helmets are equipped with special sensors to give alerts on the number of times the player takes a hit on the head and the area of impact in real-time.
July 5, 2019
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