UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Head Health Network (HHN) today announced a new partnership with the Penn State football team. A major component of the partnership includes utilizing the HHN’s advanced sensor system in Penn State’s innovative concussion research. This research is built around testing the effectiveness of various concussion-diagnostic tools such as physical and cognitive testing, virtual reality, and bio-markers.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment of Penn State University and its football program to play a leading role in making the game of football safer for players of all ages,” said Head Health Network President Curtis Cruz. “We are proud to participate in one of the most comprehensive concussion research programs to date.”For the duration of the season, 24 Penn State football student-athletes will be equipped with helmets containing sensors that monitor impacts and relay the data to sideline personnel in real time. In addition to Penn State, the Head Health Network has also partnered with the Louisiana State University and Texas A&M football teams.“Working with Head Health Network has provided our staff with an effective tool for quantifying the number and type of impacts that our players are experiencing,” said Tim Bream, assistant athletic director for Athletic Training Services and head trainer for the Nittany Lion football team. “We are excited that the information we collect will be utilized to help make the game of football safer for not only our players, but for players of all ages.”About the Head Health NetworkThe Head Health Network has created a comprehensive, subscription-based service that provides baseline and post-injury cognitive and physical assessment testing, real-time advanced impact sensing and monitoring, real-time access to expert care, a concussion insurance policy, and a player’s “HIT History” medical record.A patented smart fabric is the core of the HHN’s advanced sensor system and is the primary differentiator between the HHN sensor system and other sensor systems currently available on the market. It is unique because it can directly measure the impact location for every impact.For more information about the Head Health Network, visit www.headhealthnetwork.com.