Introduction – While playing, getting hurt is one the thing which is accepted. There are variety of games and variety of injuries. Football is one of them and many fans must have seen players get hit so hard they can barely walk. And they are back after few plays later, despite suffering what appears to be a head injury.
Injuries caused from football game or football related concussions have been top of mind in recent years. People had struggle a lot and trying to create technology to accurately measure them in real time.
Inventive – Researchers with continuous experiments and test came with a nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet to more accurately test the impact and of power of hits. The device or foam measures the impact of a hit through electrical signals. The trainer or coach standing on the sidelines had a tablet or device with them which shows the collected data in real time and wirelessly.
In market there are standard measurement systems to calculate the acceleration, but only measuring acceleration may help and it can be mistaken too. The device XOnano smartfoam sensors measures much more sensors calculate much more than just acceleration, plays an important role to better diagnose head injuries.
According the research the foam, which replaces the standard helmet calculate a complex acceleration impact energy and impact velocity to determine impact extremity and location of impact, all with 90 percentile accuracy.
Not organizations were able to calculate successfully the impact of energy and velocity of a collision, which are two data points significant to accurately calculate whether the player is at risk of shock or not.
Method – The whole process of smartfoam is described like firstly they are compressed, nickel nano-particles kneaded against the foam, creating static electric charge, exactly same when anyone rubs a balloon against on anyone’s hair. A smart device or computer connected measures the transmitted charge collected through a conductive electrode. A hard hit spikes the voltage, while small concussion results in a reduced spike.
Conclusion – Sports equipment development organizations ahs started incorporating these smartfoam to the shoulder pads with the impact of sensitive technology and a company producing taekwondo vests has also started using smartfoam to score fights and train athletes. All experiments and tests had been displayed in data and statistics for more accuracy.