'Nerve' Concussion Mouthguard 2015 Honours Project
Concussion has been at the forefront of concern for sports players particularly in rugby for a long time. It is the most complex injury in contact sport to identify and if it’s not assessed and managed correctly it can leave the player with lifelong effects. There are currently no products available in professional rugby to identify, diagnose and manage concussion.
Nerve is a concussion identification and management system. The mouthguard design utilises inertial motion sensors to identify forces transmitted to the head that can be missed by the human eye, providing medical staff with accurate data in real time. This allows the sideline doctor to rapidly decide, with the benefit of accurate data, if the player needs to come off the field for rehabilitation to minimise the possibility of lifelong injury after sustaining a significant head knock.