In the competitive world of sports, head injuries are an all too common occurrence. Reebok-CCM Hockey has partnered with startup MC10 on a new skullcap that can be worn under a helmet. The wearable sports impact indicator uses sensors to detect the severity of a blow. It is designed to let athletes know whether medical treatment or rest is required before resuming play.
As sports-related head injuries are a recognized problem in contact and non-contact sports for athletes of different ages and skill levels, the cap has been designed for all. It provides a visual measurement of force of impact, serving as “an extra set of eyes on the ice – or any other playing field.” The product’s conformable technology is housed inside a thin and breathable mesh skullcap, which fits under any helmet. Philippe Dubé, general manager of Reebok-CCM Hockey, said:
As one of the leading equipment manufacturers in the world, we are focused on not only improving the performance of amateur and professional athletes, but also doing whatever we can to protect players from possible injury. As we know, head injuries are of the greatest concern today, and there is still much to be learned in this area. This product is a significant step forward in this process and we’re very excited to be able to make it available to consumers for the first time next year.