After a successful trial in 2021, Bupa Dental Care has partnered with HITIQ to make ‘smart mouthguards’ that monitor head impacts available to junior and amateur sports players Australia-wide. This is the first-time hi-tech mouthguard technology has been made available to junior and amateur athletes in Australia.
The HITIQ smart mouthguards, currently used by Rugby Union, AFL and NRL players, are embedded with force measuring sensors that log head impacts and the accumulation of force from hits sustained during a game. Paired with an easy-to-use mobile application, the system provides an alert following the detection of any significant head impact and then directs the parent to assess their child using HITIQ’s concussion injury screening tool.
Bupa’s Managing Director of Health Services, Dr Dwayne Crombie, said this technology is being made available at a time when concerns around concussions and head injuries in sport have never been higher.