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Head impact detectors tested at New York high school

Students at a New York high school are helping to test new technology that could someday alert football coaches that an athlete might have suffered a concussion.

The Times Herald-Record, of Middletown, reports that students at Middletown High School wore impact-sensing mouth guards during three days of intramural practices over the past week.

The devices are being developed by a Connecticut company, i1 Biometrics.

They contain a gyroscope and feed wireless data about jarring head movements to a laptop. The idea is to give coaches a way of detecting dangerous hits while a game is still in progress.

The company hopes to use data collected in the Middletown sessions to refine its software.

More testing is planned next fall at Purdue University and the University of South Carolina.