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.
Player health and well-being surveillance is increasingly recognised as an important variable in the pursuit of high performance. 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.
With concussion now accounting for the majority of all injuries in a game and the rate increasing 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. However, brain injury is not visible until it manifests or as a contributory cause of a physical injury.
Measuring and recording impacts reliably to get to the load 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. The nature of contact sports means that concussions are not predictable and this system is not designed to prevent the unexpected but allow real time intervention by medical staff as required to minimise exposure and therefore the risk of injury. Context for the data is dramatically enhanced by using it alongside the video footage taken routinely during training sessions and games.
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