Concern has been voiced by sporting codes about whether there are long-term consequences of repeated impact to the head. In response to this issue a US company, X2Biosystems, developed a low-cost impact sensor designed to detect head impacts in football players in America. The xPatch contains micro-transducers able to measure linear and rotational accelerations, providing data relating to the forces exerted on the player’s head during the game. The information is stored in the device and uploaded to a computer after the game.
Key Objectives & Outcomes
During the 2015 football season the NTRI has been conducting a trial of the xPatch devices in two senior amateur Australian Rules football teams. Players from these teams have been wearing the xPatch devices during a number of randomly selected games whilst the games are being filmed. Players have also been undergoing simple cognitive testing. This information will be collated and compared to help validate this device for use on Australian Rules football players. If this device is validated in Australian Rules football it could provide a large amount of information, previously unattainable, about the forces experienced by players over the course of a game or a season. Ultimately this device could assist in the management of head injury in players, particularly young players whose brains are at most risk and elite players at high risk of accumulated damage.
Main Partner Orgnaisations(s)Monash University and X2Biosystems
Chief Investigator(s)Prof Jeffrey Rosenfeld, Dr. Jerome Maller, Prof Russell Gruen, Dr Teresa Howard, Dr. Catherine Willmott, Dr. Andrew McIntosh
Project Manager / Officer(s)Dr Teresa Howard
Main ContactDr Teresa Howard
Research Funding BodyMonash Strategic Grant Scheme and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC)