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Technology helps determine if concussion has occurred

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The Vane Mouthguard is designed to indicate when a concussion might have occurred. (WSMV) The Vane Mouthguard is designed to indicate when a concussion might have occurred. (WSMV)

The Nashville-Winnipeg playoff series has been draining to watch and brutally physical to play in.

That’s something that may be taken for granted, but these are changing times.

In football, we love it when one of our defensive guys knocks the stuffing out of one of their guys.

The same thing in hockey, blast him into the boards on a tough check and the crowd goes wild.

Now we’re all CTE conscious.

Brain trauma and getting your head slammed into the glass at the top of the list for hockey player concussions.

And it’s not just hockey. What about football and even soccer or kids.

Former Nashville Predator Dan Keczmer was a tough defenseman in the NHL for 10 years.

He had at least three serious concussions and was knocked cold once.

Now he works with a company that has developed a futuristic technology to help detect concussions because in a contact sport they just can’t be prevented.

“The first one is bad. The second and third one is catastrophic. If it goes undetected and you put your player at risk for the second and third one. That’s where the real problems start to occur,” said Keczmer.

G-force indicators are added to the back of the mouthguards.

“When they sustain a hit above a certain threshold, which we have these positions at 90Gs. As a player, coach or even a parent, it’s pretty simple. You take the mouthguard out, if the mouthguard is red, you go to the locker room and we advise you to go through medical protocol,” said Keczmer.

The technology is changing so quickly that soon those sensors in the mouthguard will be directly connected to apps so you’ll be able to instantaneously track and record the patter of changes in athletes at any age.

Visit Vane Mouthguards’ web site for information and the availability.

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