Wearables are, for the most part, designed for consumers or enterprise users, benefitting you while you exercise, go about your day, or while you’re at the work place. However wearables can also be made to track very specific metrics in very specific applications. For example, Reebok recently teamed up with MC10 to develop an impact monitor for someone’s head, to make sure they don’t receive one too many blows to their oh so important brain.
The Reebok Checklight is designed to fit under any helmet and is therefore perfect for boxing or Kickboxing training. When a trainee’s head is hit, the Checklight can track the amount of impact received and the number of total impacts and can therefore can let you know if someone is out on their feet, or has sustained enough of a beating for it to be detrimental to their health to be hit any more, or any harder. On top of that, it can give a trainer the chance to tell a sparring partner to cool it down a bit if they’re starting to let their hands go a little too much.
This is a tool that could be useful for the amateur boxer as much as the professional fighter, as everyone could do with avoiding serious, long lasting head injuries sustained through extended periods of head impacts.
The data produced by the Checklight skullcap is directly connected to the head, so there’s no measurement of helmet movement, simply the head’s own acceleration in whatever direction it’s being moved.
The Checklight is also comfortable to wear and can technically be worn without a helmet if you co choose.
The Checklight is currently available on the official Reebok website for $150 (£92) and comes in a number of different sizes.
The cost of this product might limit its usage for parents, as supplying each child with one could get expensive. Likewise for low level sports teams or children’s leagues, where arguably concussions and head trauma could cause more long lasting damage.
The Checklight seems like a great idea, especially for coaches of younger teams (as long as they can afford it) since it could provide a good insight into when a player is just trying to tough it out and needs to be taken out of play for a while to protect their health. Likewise professional boxers and martial artists could help protect themselves in the long term by avoiding heavy impact work during training.