COPPELL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Coppell High School is using mouthguard impact sensors to measure and monitor player head impacts during practices and games this fall.
“This has helped us track athletes and the level of impacts that they take both in practice and in games,” head coach Mike DeWitt said. “It definitely helps to keep the athletes’ health a priority.”
The impact monitoring mouthguard system comes from Minneapolis-based Prevent Biometrics, which commercialized head impact technology patented at the Cleveland Clinic.
The IMM includes a sensor-laden mouthguard which sends data through Bluetooth to an iPad app for immediate viewing.
Coppell Booster Club President Tim Walker said that as a booster club, they are here to support the program.
“The safety of our players is our top priority,” Walker said. “The Prevent mouthpiece is a tool that allows us to do just that.”
Currently, Prevent Biometrics is initiating a multi-year study at six colleges to determine head impact exposure rates in certain sports.
CHS is one of two schools in North Texas using specialized in the mouth guards.
The mouth guards have sensors and Bluetooth in them that measure and then relay real time data about a hit on the football field to coaches.
The technology can measure the time of hit, type of hit and even the amount of force.
Coach Dewitt said the technology is helping them better monitor their student athletes to keep them safe from excessive on the field contact.
“You always want to try and do things to create the safest possible scenario for your kids, and you want to make the game safe,” said Dewitt. “Technology is a great resource and we need to be using it. We need to keep finding ways to make the game safer.”