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INTELLIGENT MOUTHGUARD FOR MEASURING HEAD IMPACTS IN YOUTH ATHLETES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41HD079158-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R41HD079158
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-12-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-11-30
Small Business Information
821 W. Main St., Kent, OH, 44240-2215
DUNS: 090673948
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 ADAM BARTSCH
 (216) 363-5749
 bartsca@ccf.org
Business Contact
 DANIEL BRETT
Phone: (330) 673-6932
Email: danb@sportsguard.com
Research Institution
 CLEVELAND CLINIC LERNER COM-CWRU
 9500 EUCLID AVENUE
CLEVELAND, OH, 44195-0001
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
DESCRIPTION provided by applicant With million young athletes participating in contact sports and between to million concussions endured by young athletes yearly in the US subjective concussion identification increases risk of death time lost from school cognitive decline chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE depression suicide dementia Alzheimerandapos s and Parkinsonandapos s Diseases However frontline caregivers lack an objective way to identify potentially concussed young athletes instead relying on subjective identification or self reported symptoms Because of this significant clinical gap young athletes evade evaluation to play when injured dying after sustaining undiagnosed concussions and possibly damaging their long term brain health due to cumulative head impacts The goal of this project is to reduce the incidence and consequences of sport related concussion and sub concussive impacts in young athletes via commercialization of a low cost wireless andquot Intelligent Mouthguardandquot head impact dosimeter This innovation will finally provide frontline caregivers with a low cost accurate tool to identify all at risk athletes in real time in helmeted and non helmeted sports so they may be removed from play for further assessment On a longer term the goal is to define the relationship between cumulative sub concussive head impacts and risks of decline in brain health The Phase I hypothesis is that an accurate wireless sensing package can be fully embedded into an athletic mouthguard and transmit head impact data over meters within safe human radiation exposure limits The Phase I Specific Aim is to identify and test combination s of off the shelf kinematic sensors batteries and wireless transmitters that meet cost transmission distance power budget battery life radiation emitted accuracy and intra oral volume requirements Sensors will be tested in a benchtop apparatus that will quantify accuracy and precision under concussion like conditions Batteries will be tested quasistatically to determine resistance to human jaw crush forces Wireless data transmission distance versus radiation emission will be quantified A young athlete focus group will provide feedback on acceptable intra oral sensing package volume A wireless prototype will be built and tested using a custom in vitro linear impactor and anthropomorphic headform And dynamic impact tests will benchmark data collection accuracy versus gold standard reference crash dummy Any combination of low cost components rechargeable battery lasting minutes wireless transmission at least meters radiation emission below FCC limits volume less than mm and acceptable accuracy versus reference will define success At the conclusion of this Phase I STTR it is anticipated that a selection grid of several combinations of available off the shelf components meeting Specific Aim success criteria will be defined At least one design will be ready for Phase II prototyping and clinical trial tests Domestic markets account for gross sales of approximately $ million for the Intelligent Mouthguard within years post commercialization International markets will potentially increase sales PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Approximately million young athletes participate in contact sports yearly in the United States with between and million of these athletes enduring concussions and an unknown number sustaining cumulative head impacts that may increase risks of death time lost from school cognitive decline chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE depression suicide dementia Alzheimerandapos s and Parkinsonandapos s Diseases However frontline caregivers have no objective way to identify at risk young athletes instead relying on subjective identification or self reported symptoms The focus of this project is to develop a wireless andquot Intelligent Mouthguardandquot to monitor single head impacts in young athletes alert frontline caregivers to all young athletes in need of clinical assessment reduce the public health burden of concussion and reduce long term brain health decline in young athletes due to cumulative head impacts

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