Detecting Potential Concussions? There’s an App for That, Kentucky

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A single Kentucky brain injury can cause long-term, even permanent damage; multiple brain injuries can lead to disability or death, sometimes by suicide. The risk of brain injuries is elevated among active-duty military personnel and athletes in certain sports, such as football, hockey, and boxing.

According to the military publication Stars and Stripes, since 2007, the Army has been putting blast sensors into helmets to monitor soldiers’ head injuries. Now, the National Football League (NFL) is following suit.

Enter the “Shockbox”

A company called Impact Protective has come up with a $149 sensor called the Shockbox. According to, the sensor is a 5-inch-long, flexible rubber strip that fits into any sports helmet, including football, hockey, lacrosse, and snow sports helmets. It has a Bluetooth transmitter, micro USB, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and a button that activates Bluetooth pairing and checks the battery.

If a player receives too hard a jolt, the sensor sends a color-coded alert to a mobile device—orange for hits over 50 G, red for hits over 90 G. A free app for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry interprets the signal sent from the sensor.

If you or your loved one has suffered a brain injury in Kentucky because of another person’s actions, call Gray and White Law at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.