Precedent for a Hit Count®
There are many precedents throughout sports, health, and fitness that make Hit Count® a logical solution to reducing the risk of brain trauma.
One of the major inspirations for Hit Count® came from the widely utilized Pitch Count program which is believed to have reduced the number of arm injuries in youth baseball. Under the system, youth baseball players are prohibited from throwing unlimited pitches in games. Instead, they are restricted to a specific number of pitches per day, according to age, and required to not pitch for a specific number of days so their arm may recover.
Hit Count® is a natural extension of this concept. If we monitor pitch counts to protect a child’s elbow, we must monitor athletes’ Hit Counts® to protect their delicate brains.
For more information about Hit Count®, please download the Hit Count® Guidebook
The Role of the SLI
Sports Legacy Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, launched the Hit Count® Initiative in February 2012, with the Hit Count® White Paper. At that time, there were multiple companies selling or developing products designed to measure head acceleration. The primary function of the products was to measure acceleration, and the primary function was to provide an alert when an athlete suffered head acceleration that exceeded a threshold for concussion. However, because there is no specific threshold that leads to concussion, each product had a different thresholdand a different level of accuracy. SLI recognized that each product could add a second function by measuring subconcussive impacts. To develop a metric that was simple and actionable, multiple devices would have to use the same threshold.
SLI Hit Count® collaborated with six companies in order to do the following:
1. Set a universal threshold for significant brain trauma – a “Hit”
2. Develop a test protocol to certify that the products are accurately measuring Hits
3. Educate the public on the advantages of a Hit Count®
4. Enable research on Hit Count® and the long term effects of repetitive brain trauma
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Without the support of these six organizations,
the Hit Count® program would not have been possible.