GForceTracker Head Impact Monitoring System Now Available for Soccer Players of All Ages
GForceTracker Inc. (GFT) announced today that its industry leading head impact monitoring system is now available for soccer players of all ages. Weighing less than one ounce, the impact sensor can be worn directly on the head using a stylish elasticized headband. It utilizes the same GFT technology that is already proven and widely used in helmeted sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse.
“The topic of sports-related concussions has taken center stage in the media, but limited attention has been directed specifically towards soccer,” stated GFT Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Gerry Iuliano. “We have reviewed the available scientific literature and the concussion rates in soccer is very alarming, especially for female players. Therefore it’s a natural extension to expand our product line to this market.”
According to the American Academy of Neurology, the risk of sports-related concussions for young women and girls is greatest in soccer. For men, soccer ranked fourth. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) estimates there are 265 million soccer players worldwide, including slightly more than 27 million in the United States and Canada.
The GFT for soccer uses sample rates three times faster than any device currently on the market today which enables true recording, reporting and recreating of all head impacts in real time. It sends instant notifications of impacts to the sidelines allowing coaches or athletic trainers the ability to assess the athletes immediately.
The device utilizes the same Hit Count® certified electronics incorporated in other GFT products and will be submitted for Hit Count® testing and certification.