January 7, 2015 -
BlackBox Biometrics® Inc., an industry leader in sensor technology to measure concussive forces, today announced the launch of the Linx Impact Assessment System (IAS) at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The Linx IAS concussion management system combines wearable technology with a mobile application to provide athletes, parents and coaches with real-time data and analysis of potential impact-related head injuries. The wearable technology weighs about the same as a nickel, is the size of a stick of gum, and fits easily into a custom skull cap or headband, allowing it to be worn in any sports environment. The companion mobile app, which will be available for Apple and Android devices, allows for impact monitoring and sideline testing, giving the user the ability to detect head impacts across sports and over time.
Up to 3.8 million people per year are affected by a sports- or recreation-related brain injury, according to a 2013 Institute of Medicine report. The Linx IAS technology comes at a time when that number is rising, especially among young adults and children, as evidenced by a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, which found that between 2001 and 2009, the number of Americans younger than 19 treated each year for sports concussions rose to 250,000 from 150,000.
Linx IAS is ideal for use in any sport or recreational activity — helmeted or non-helmeted — where dangerous head impacts can occur. This includes team sports, such as football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, rugby, field hockey and many more. The Linx IAS technology is also appropriate for use with individual sports, including biking, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding. Linx IAS is appropriate for all ages, providing concussion management technology for both children and adults.
Linx IAS will be available for purchase by the end of Q1 2015.