August 24, 2013 in Sports

Patching up Huskies

 

The tough-as-nails linebacker grumbled briefly when asked about the quarter-sized computer chip taped behind his right ear. “It kind of bothers you a little bit,” University of Washington’s Princeton Fuimaono (No. 37 in photo) said. “But then you just focus like there’s nothing there.” The idea is that the players will take a little discomfort in the short term to perhaps help them avoid some discomfort long term. The chip is a sensor module from Seattle-based X2 Biosystems, which bills itself as the developer of “the world’s first systems for end-to-end management of Sport Brain Injury.” The sensor patch, stuck behind the right ear of each Washington player at a recent practice, tests the severity of hits to the head, sending a wireless sign to trainers and coaches on the sideline. – Seattle Times


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