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Measuring Head Acceleration to Identify Concussions in Athletes

Megan Dickinson

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School: Orange High School
Internship Track: Applied Medicine
Year 2016
Mentor: Adam Bartsch, PhD, PE
Co-Mentor(s): Sergey Samorezov, ME
Department(s): Concussion Center
Abstract: There are about 3.8 million sport-related concussions every year in the United States. In order to reduce this large number, clinicians want accurate real time head impact data to help identify athletes who need to be assessed and treated for a concussion. The Instrumented Mouthguard will be able to perform the task of assessing athletes by tracking head acceleration but it requires miniature accelerometers. This study drop tested circuit boards containing miniature accelerometers in order to determine successful measurement of head acceleration.