Cranial Impact Detection System for Youth in High-Impact Sports
Traumatic brain injuries are serious health problems that contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability each year. Of these injuries, mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs), in which consciousness or loss of brain function can be brief, are the most common with young (<18yrs) and old (>65 yrs) people suffering the majority of these cases. Though the symptoms may be less grievous for MTBIs, these injuries tend to be ignored but can still inflict a heavy burden on the victim and exact significant societal costs as well, and especially with repeated instances. Even with the recent rise in awareness of MTBIs and their long-term side-effects, the exact cause and a direct diagnosis is yet unknown, and as such, a cure is still out of reach. With the only current solution being a preventative one, a better understanding of the causes of MTBIs are needed. Current research in this field focuses on professional, and college-age athletes, neglecting the more vulnerable younger category. The objective of this project is to develop a system that can be used to monitor younger players, ages 15-24, during high-impact activities and indicate significant collisions. An accelerometer-based system was designed and fabricated for this purpose. The next step would be for improvement and validation of this device, and to follow with data collection with test dummies and live test subjects.
MTBI; Bioinstrumentation; Accelerometer; Impact