Providing a Breakthrough Solution To The Mitigation of
Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
Mitigation of Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
Sports Technologies, LLC has designed and developed an innovative and patented helmet technology to mitigate serious concussion or TBI injuries for people who engage in athletic participation, suffer from military blast or fall. ST's innovative helmet technology dissipates collision impact energy and records and transmits data about the collisions using electronics sensing and reporting helmet technology to mitigate or reduce brain concussion trauma.
The innovative ST helmet design includes individual impact cells filled with fluid and valves for filling the cells and for allowing fluid escape at impact. Each cell operates independently from the others. Only those cells that reach the concussion threshold are activated.
The ST technical process includes a 3D modeling and simulation process used to design, fine tune, and tests its products. Once perfected in a simulation environment, the Company then works with its clinical partner to perform "human" pilot tests and then, full clinical studies.
In contrast to existing technologies, ST collision mitigation systems reduce all three concussion factors, g-forces, impact momentum, and torque.
Because of our innovative new technology, ST provides unique protection solutions for a wide array of markets including football, baseball, military, and the construction industries. ST is currently in discussions with several clinical partners to provide technical and medical consulting respectively.
The Company plans to focus its resources on the design and licensing of its cushioning and electronics systems as retrofits into existing helmets and as the foundation for future helmet designs.
Outcomes of TBI can range from complete recovery to permanent disability or death. Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”) is one of the leading causes of death in people age 1 to 44. Unfortunately, many patients with this condition are sent home from hospital emergency rooms with simple instructions to rest. Of the 1.7 million TBI patients that enter hospitals each year, 80.7% are ER visits, 16.3% are hospitalizations, and 3.0% result in death. This 1.7 million is 3 to 4 times under-reported so there are more than 5 million TBIs in the US every year. In the US, at least 3 TBIs occur every minute. The annual cost to Americans is $76.5 billion in medical care, rehab, and loss of work for all forms of TBI.
Concussion likewise represent a serious health threat to athletes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) estimates between 1.6 million to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year in the U.S, leading the CDC to conclude the issue has reached an “epidemic level”. Football is the most common sport with concussion risks. The impact force of a football player tackling a player (25 MPH) is greater than that of a professional boxer’s punch (20 MPH).
Causes and Risk Associated with TBI and ConcussionTBI involves damage to structures of the brain as a result of external mechanical force, physical impact, blast waves, or projectile penetration.
- Professional football players sustain between 900 and 1,500 blows to the head during a season.
- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”), is a degenerative condition common to boxers, football players and other athletes who endure repeated blows to the head.
- Repetitive concussions in athletes linked to early stage dementia and an increased suicide rate.
- Athletes that sustain one concussion are 75% more likely to sustain a subsequent head injury.
- Athletes who return to play prematurely following a concussion are at risk for second impact syndrome, a diagnosis that is accompanied by a high mortality rate.
- Even one concussion nearly doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease in males
- TBIs increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
TBI and CTE caused by concussion affects people engaged in a variety of sports, military duty and construction work.
Military Service Personnel
- Following TBI, military personnel have a greater chance of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) by 25 times more than other injuries.
- For veterans, exposures to blasts are the leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in war zones.
- Recent reports on admissions to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center show that 30% have been diagnosed with TBI.
- Veterans’ advocates estimate that from 150,000 to 300,000 service members have had some level of TBI.
- Over 75% of service personnel have been exposed to blast waves – almost 360,000. according to a report on US Military Casualty Statistics in 2010.
- It is estimated that a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes.
Youth In Sports
- According to the CDC, sports are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury, behind only motor vehicle crashes for young people ages 15 - 24 years.
- Sports-related emergency department visits for children and youth 5-18 years increased 62% to a total of 2.6 million visits annually 173,285 (6.5%) involved traumatic brain injury, including concussions.
- Research by The New York Times, states at least 50 football players (high school or younger) from 20 different states have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field since 1997.
- The American Journal of Sports Medicine reported in a 1989 to 2002 study concluded a high percentage (39%) of high school and collegiate football players suffering catastrophic head injuries were still playing with neurologic symptoms at the time of the catastrophic event.
Effects of TBI and Concussion
While the short-term effects of concussions are significant (memory loss, confusion and nausea are among the immediate symptoms), scientists are now studying the more dire longer-term, cumulative effects. Researchers studying the brains of several deceased professional football players with a history of head trauma have found degenerative brain disease linked to paranoia, aggression and progressive dementia. And a recent study commissioned by the National Football League determined former players ages 30 - 49 were many times more likely than their peers to have dementia and other memory-related diseases. People suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) have an abnormal protein that builds up and eventually destroys cells in the brain, especially the frontal and temporal lobes. These areas of the brain are responsible for impulse control, judgment, multitasking, memory and emotions. People with CTE suffer from degenerative memory loss and thinking ability and, ultimately, dementia.
Research and Development To Mitigate TBI and Concussions
We encourage you to contact us for more information about our exciting new development in mitigating concussion and traumatic brain injury.
- For licensing opportunities
- For investment opportunities
- For more detailed information