Made in Minnesota
Two Minnesota-based companies are working to reduce brain injuries
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that there are 3.8 million concussions sustained every year. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, football accounts for 38% of those reported, and younger athletes are the most susceptible. Two Minnesota-based companies are working on technology to reduce and detect concussions.
Edina-based Prevent Biometrics’ Gen 1.2 Head Impact Monitor System is a four-part alert system, featuring an impact monitor mouth guard, a team app and a web portal. The mouth guard measures linear and rotation acceleration, impact location and direction, and counts every impact received. The app displays impact in real time and reports when an individual impact exceeds a pre-set threshold. And the web portal provides schools and athletic departments with advanced analytics and reporting functionality. The NFL began testing the system this year, and it will be available to schools and youth sports organizations in select markets for the 2018 football season.
For its new brain-protection products, brain-safety technology company MIPS is now using GlideWear, a patented low-friction, two-layer, multi-directional stretch fabric manufactured by Blaine-based Tamarack Habilitation Technologies.
MIPS’ products are incorporated into cycling and snow sports helmets. The first product to be released this year is the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner, a dual-ply, textile-based insert that absorbs the friction that contributes to brain injuries. When inserted into a helmet, the MIPS-E3 liner provides broad coverage without sacrificing comfort or