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An Instrumented Mouthguard to Measure Head Accelerations Due To Impact

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Grant Birmingham, Lilan Smith, Jennifer M. Brock, John Lund, Anthony J. Paris

University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK

Paper No. SBC2013-14839, pp. V01BT32A012; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: Extremity; Fluid Mechanics; Gait; Growth, Remodeling, and Repair; Heart Valves; Injury Biomechanics; Mechanotransduction and Sub-Cellular Biophysics; MultiScale Biotransport; Muscle, Tendon and Ligament; Musculoskeletal Devices; Multiscale Mechanics; Thermal Medicine; Ocular Biomechanics; Pediatric Hemodynamics; Pericellular Phenomena; Tissue Mechanics; Biotransport Design and Devices; Spine; Stent Device Hemodynamics; Vascular Solid Mechanics; Student Paper and Design Competitions
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5561-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In the long term, quantitative measurements indicating the magnitude and nature of head impacts will be essential to understanding the biomechanics of head injury. Tools are needed that can quantitatively measure the levels of head acceleration experienced by athletes in a variety of situations in order to assess these risks. The current research is aimed at developing instrumentation that is comfortable enough to use in the field and which can measure head accelerations from blows to the head repeatably and accurately. Soccer is a unique sport in that the unprotected head is deliberately used to direct the motion of the ball during play, which makes it practical to study in a controlled laboratory setting. While the possible long-term effects of heading are still subject to debate [1,2], there is evidence which suggests that it is responsible for transient neurocognitive deficits [3] and transient concussion symptoms [4].

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