Tom Kaminski, PhD, ATC. FNATA
Head Impact Sensor Technology: How Will This Impact Athletic Training Care in the Future?
Athletic trainers providing care to athletes in lacrosse, ice hockey, and soccer are well aware of the increased risk of trauma to the head and the potential for sport-related concussions. Research now suggests that head impacts commonly occur during contact sports in which visible signs or symptoms of neurological dysfunction may not develop despite those impacts having the potential for neurological injury. More research is needed to determine if sub concussive blows — repetitive hits to the head not diagnosed or suspected as concussions — are deleterious. As technology for monitoring these sub concussive (and concussive) impacts infiltrates the sporting world, athletic trainers must keep up with the advances, especially as to how they may assist in the delivery of sports health care and with injury prevention initiatives. By utilizing a cadre of athletic training professionals who are content experts in the field of head impacts, this presentation seeks to enlighten athletic trainers and other sports health care professionals on the latest trends in head impact monitoring and how this evidence can assist them in their clinical practice.