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Helmets Monitor Player Temperatures to Watch for Heat Stroke

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Doomsday101, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I saw a recent report on this device

    Football players are prone to heat strokes due to the gear and helmets they wear, compounded by working out in off-season training facilities in places like Florida and Arizona. While training in 2001, Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer died due to heat stroke. To allow teams to monitor the players' individual temperatures, Hothead Technologies out of Atlanta, Georgia has developed sensors that can be built into helmets to provide live wireless updates.

    From Popular Science:

    The Heat Observation Technology (HOT) system uses an electric thermometer called a thermistor, a spoon-size device made of metals whose electrical resistance vary with temperature. Inserted under the padding of a standard helmet, the thermistor measures the temperature in the player's temporal artery and uses a built-in radio to transmit temperatures between 99.9° and 110°F — heat illness typically sets in around 104° — every 10 seconds to a PDA monitored by a coach or trainer on the sidelines.


    http://medgadget.com/archives/2009/...er_temperatures_to_watch_for_heat_stroke.html
  2. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    That is neat. I wish they had that when I played because I could have sworn that I had at least two heat strokes in the Louisiana heat.:)
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I can remember many of time losing my lunch during wind sprints as I started to get over heated here in the hot Texas sun. We would practice for 2 hours in the heat then go into a series of wind sprints that would kill you.
  4. adbutcher

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    It was the gasers after practice that did it for us, four gasers for time was a mother. I can still taste the hot water that came from the PVC pipes with holes in them when I was in high school. At least in college we had the cold octopus but that didn't offer any reprieve from the sun.
  5. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I just hope this new technology can help prevent some young kid dying on the field. It clearly will give coaches and exact reading on the players condition as far as body heat. From what I saw as the monitor hits a certain temp level the PDA goes off and let the coach or trainer will know which player is getting close to the critical stage.
  6. adbutcher

    adbutcher K9NME

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    Me too, if it manages to save just one life it is worth the cost. Thanks for the post.
  7. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    think this is something that sports in general should be looking at. i know that football (soccer) over here has just recently started doing checks for heart defects after a spate of deaths on the pitch in recent years.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    According to the report I saw it is not just sports but the military and fire fighters are looking into this. Right now the cost is 100 dollars per device
  9. daschoo

    daschoo Slanje Va

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    to be honest i was speaking more generally regarding health checks in sport than this particular example. but yeah its great that the technology is there and being used for this in a variety of fields
  10. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    color me ignorant but why and how would the temp thing not be effected by the heat of the fires?
  11. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    They would have to be modified to account for the heat of a fire that does get through their protective clothing, but it could be done.
  12. Phrozen Phil

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    A great use of technology. Here's hoping it moves into the aforementioned areas. As far as firefighters go, the temperature that would be monitored would be the temerature that is inside the helmet. This is great news for anyone who needs to monitor body temps. I can see this being good news for those working in the cold as well.

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