THE PROBLEM WE FACED: The fact that 1 in 5 student athletes will sustain a concussion this year should startle you, as it did me–especially so if you have children or grandkids that compete in sports. Even more shocking — 33% of those concussions will take place during practice. Many of you know my friend since childhood, Dan Nicholson (pictured above with his son, Matt), so I don’t have to tell you that he’s a head-strong guy–as a parent and as a coach. So, when Dan told me of his plans to do something to protect kids from the risk of traumatic brain injury due to undetectedconcussions, I obviously had no choice but to join him. This is our result–the Head Case Concussion Management System.
OUR SOLUTION: to minimize the risk of long-term brain injury for kids by designing and producing an affordable concussion management system. Advanced microelectronics are expensive to produce; we can’t do this without some investment, and it was obvious that Crowdfunding our project would enable us to keep the costs low enough for any parent to afford.[Crowdfunding, if you’re not familiar with it yet, is where lots of people (family and friends primarily) donate small amounts of money to projects they believe in. The entire process only takes a few clicks: supporters simply receive an invite to support the cause, usually via an email like this one, and then click a link to watch a video to learn about the project, and then donate as much as they wish to, securely, through the Crowdfunding platform, which is simply a website that hosts projects and handles the transactions.]
See Campaign Video on Crowdfunding tv http://crowdfundbeat.com/video/?p=3961
MY REQUEST: Please take a moment to watch the video I shot and that Dan narrated. It can be seen on our campaign page here. Our campaign is hosted at one of the two leading Crowdfunding portals, Indiegogo (you may have heard of Kickstarter, the other leading platform).
To our credit, Head Case was the first applicant admitted into the NFL Head Health Challenge, a $60MM concussion research initiative in partnership with Under Armour and GE. Head Case has also attracted the support of former NFL pros Tom Waddle, now an ESPN Personality (his full video can be seen here) and Quarterback Chris Chandler, who started for 8 NFL teams–a record.
The trend of concussions in sports is being reported all over major media, finally–you may have already seen some of the many TV shows and books, referenced in our video, written about what is being considered an epidemic. Our Head Case Concussion Management System is a three-part system that measures the G-force of head impacts, records that data and provides comprehensive diagnostic tools to detect symptoms of concussions and alert parents and coaches that an athlete is at risk of traumatic brain injury without some level of intervention.
TO THE POINT: our modest goal of only $50,000 will be used to fund manufacturing our first batch of sensors and get the rest of our system up and running in order to provide this revolutionary protection to schools everywhere–details of how we intend to put these funds to work can be seen at the bottom of the campaign home page. But the bottom line is that Crowdfunding only works with the help of many. Our supporters can choose from a variety of rewards for teams and individuals, including discounts on the Head Case system itself.
Every little bit helps, so please make a few clicks, share our story among your friends and family (social media links making sharing easy are below) and join the Head Case movement to change the standard of Concussion Management in youth sports.