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Innovative Wearable Tech Developed to Tackle Head Injuries in Sport

Ross Kelly


Wearable Tech

Wearable tech which measures and tracks head impacts in sport is set to aid research into the effect of brain injuries.

Based within the Edinburgh Business School Incubator at Heriot-Watt University, the innovative technology has been developed by start-up company HIT.

The device features a unique impact sensor, wearable across multiple sporting and activity applications, and clips onto any helmet or halo headband to detect G-Force.

Data is recorded through an app which provides a traffic light system to provide users with warnings when impact is detected.

Company founder Euan Bowen, an avid rugby player, was inspired to develop the technology, named HIT Impact, after a close friend and teammate was injured.

With brain injuries rarely reported, Bowen said he spotted a gap in the market for sportspeople to track brain health.

Bowen commented: “I found little technology available to monitor head impact despite the severity of the issue across different sports. As a member of a rugby club in Edinburgh, I began researching and developing a project, working closely with the team to develop an initial prototype.

“HIT Impact uses technology to monitor and identify user impact levels throughout a game in real time. It works by creating a baseline level of force incurred by the user and tracking any impact throughout their playing time.”

Once the set baseline is reached, users are removed from play to prevent further impacts. They can then be assessed using concussion guidelines to deem their fitness to return to play.

Through tracking activities, Bowen said the app could help build a data bank of head impact data to aid future research and understanding of traumatic brain injuries.


Throughout the pandemic, HIT has begun work on future plans for product development, launching its first Kickstarter campaign to enable the company to accelerate production of the device.

Kallum Russell, Manager of the EBS Incubator, said: “HIT Impact is a much-needed technology to track and support the current efforts to increase sports safety at a time when governing bodies across high impact sports are increasingly focused on minimising head trauma.

“The current parliamentary inquiry into concussion recently heard evidence about the long-term implications of repetitive head trauma on sports people with MPs asking how sports could be made safer. We believe this innovation could go a long way to aiding research and supporting more informed decisions about when to stop playing.”

Russell added: “As lockdown restrictions continue, we are supporting the development of innovative new products and services like HIT Impact using a combination of virtual seminars, speaker opportunities, online networking events and mentoring services.

“By continuing to accelerate the progression of new companies at the start of their business journey, we hope to help drive economic recovery and growth.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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