LAS VEGAS — Football in America is under attack after the revelation that concussions cause serious brain damage rocked the NFL. Youth participation has plummeted in the last two years but the folks at Linx have a new solution that will help parents keep track of when their kids are getting pounded too hard on the field.
The Linx IAS sports monitor is a tiny Bluetooth sensor athletes can wear in a skull cap or headband to keep track of every impact on the field, no matter if they’re playing football, lacrosse, soccer, hockey or pretty much any other contact sport.
Unlike a few other concussion sensors we’ve seen, the Linx IAS offers real-time feedback so coaches and parents know immediately when a player has been knocked too hard in the head. Not only can Linx IAS measure when you get hit, it can pinpoint the exact spot on your head that received the blow, how hard you were hit, and how many hits you took during a game.
Preventative care is the top goal of the tiny little wearable that’s about the size of your thumb and as thin as a stick of gum. Once a big hit is registered, coaches can run a player through a series of sideline tests to diagnose the seriousness of the blow. You can also send all the vital stats directly to your doctor for feedback on whether you should play the next set of downs.
Linx is showing the new headband this week at CES and while they don’t have a firm release date yet, it’s scheduled to hit stores in the first quarter of this year for $199.99.