Dan Garza, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine, and his team recently completed a study of the mouth guards using crash-test dummies, and plan to publish the data soon…
Garza believes that the mouth guards may turn out to be more accurate than helmets because they don’t shift as much during impact. They also read forces inside the skull more closely, and they’re cheaperâ€¦. The Stanford studies will collect data from the mouthpieces as well as video of plays, when available, and clinical information about players’ injuries.
Seriously, how cool is that. Leave it to Stanford – yes that wonderful school just up the road from where I live â€“ to make science fun. How can you go wrong applying science to football?
You can read more about impact sensing mouthguards at the X2IMPACT website here.