BBC Click recently visited our team to find out more about Sports & Wellbeing Analytics and the PROTECHT solution. They spoke with our CEO, Chris Turner and the research lead of the Look A-Head project, Dr Elisabeth Williams whilst also meeting some of the Ospreys players and former British and Irish Lion, Wales and current Osprey, James Hook.
Objective surveillance is increasingly recognised as an important variable in the pursuit of high performance with tools like GPS becoming common place. There is reported to be a positive relationship between both greater training volumes resulting in greater performance and higher training intensity resulting in greater performance. However, the highest incidence of injury and/or illness occurs often when training loads are at their highest.
Teams have many ways to monitor physical loadings and intensity be that through GPS systems for metres/speed and positioning or through observation.
The majority of injuries take place in training and of those the majority in contact drills. Injury rates have increased for the last seven years in a row (English Premiership 2018) understanding how training or games change the head impact loadings on a player is increasingly important.
Measuring and recording impacts reliably to get the load that a player is experiencing has not historically been possible.
PROTECHT TM has been developed to fill that gap. Using an intelligent custom fitted mouthguard to relay all impacts to a players head either directly or as a consequence of another movement whilst wearing the mouthguard to purposely designed software as they happen, the system can show both the specific and cumulative head loading.
To speak to one of our team regarding basic enquiries or to organise a demonstration of the PROTECHT solution please contact one of the team