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From a reader:
As the number of reported cases of traumatic brain injury increases in professional sports, so too does awareness of concussions at the college and amateur levels. The NFL now takes helmet to helmet contact as a serious offense after coming under intense scrutiny for allowing players to reenter the game after sustaining brain jarring hits. Professional leagues have their reputation and financial interests to consider, but what about little league players or high school athletes looking to advance their game to the next level?
The following interactive data visualization breaks down the total number of traumatic brain injuries sustained by children under 19 years of age between the years of 2001 and 2009. The data, taken from a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is categorized according to gender, age range, and sport/activity. No matter your level of expertise on the subject, the numbers have a way of speaking for themselves.
Impakt Protective has announced that Laurent Robinson, a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, will serve as the face of its Shockbox product in the professional football community.
The company claims that its new Shockbox Impact Alert Sensor technology “detects the number and severity of hits a player takes and sends it to your smartphone.”
The company also claims its product “allows coaches and trainers to keep a history of head impact data for each player, assisting them in making more informed decisions from the sideline for players who may be at-risk of receiving a concussion.”
Robinson said he “suffered concussions earlier” in his career. “I understand firsthand the need for products that alert me when to get evaluated by my team trainer and reduce the risk of repeat injuries,” he said. “Shockbox allows me to know when a hit is too hard.”
Former Army Bomb Disposal Officer Danny Crossman, CEO of Impakt Protective, added that “Shockbox is now on teams across the US and Canada in professional and minor league football and ice hockey; Robinson joins a group of athletes in hockey, skiing, and snowboarding who are taking the Shockbox Impact Alert Sensor to the game.”