December 11, 2020

THE SUN: Revolutionary mouthguard could prevent footballers suffering brain injuries as it measures impact of head collisions

SWANSEA-BASED company SWA have created a revolutionary mouthguard which could save footballers’ lives.

In recent years, studies have increasingly shown a link between heading a football and dementia in later life.

The chip measures the force and impact of every blow to the head – whether heading the ball or being caught by another players’ head or elbow.

On the issue of head injuries, SWA director David Allen said: “Nobody knows what damage has gone on inside that guy’s head.

“Nobody is making that objective decision based on data… that’s wrong.”

SWA already provide their devices in rugby, boxing and MMA – where head injuries are even more common. And football could be their next venture – with Allen revealing it would cost Premier League clubs just £1million per year and they could have all players set up with mouthguards in just TEN days.

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