Clinical Experiences Using a Hit Impact Indicator in Youth Football

Submitted by Brent HARPER* (1), Alex SIYUFY (1), Julia CASTLEBERRY (1), Angela MICKLE (2), Kristen JAGGER (1), Andrew, WAFF (3), Kenneth COX (4)

(1) Department of Physical Therapy, Radford University, Radford, VA (USA)
(2) Department of Health and Human Performance, Radford University, Radford, VA (USA)
(3) Athletic Trainer, Radford High School, Radford, VA (USA)
(4) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Radford University, Radford, VA (USA)

*Corresponding Author – Brent HARPER, Radford University, 101 Elm Av SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 (USA

Identifying kids playing American football who have suffered significant head impacts is vital to ensuring the safety of the athlete and to providing a safe environment within which they can play and be monitored. There are multiple technologies available, but they may be prohibitively expensive for the average non-professional recreational league or high-school athlete. This paper is a clinician’s perspective of an attempt to monitor concussive and sub-concussive head impacts using a commercially available head impact monitor device.

KEYWORDS:concussion, concussion monitoring technology, head impact, safety