555 RAAW Gravity Racing Use Head Impact Trauma Ltd's Research & Monitoring Device at World Cups

Jul 5, 2022 at 10:19
by RAAW Mountain Bikes  
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PRESS RELEASE: RAAW Mountain Bikes

555 RAAW Gravity Racing is a UCI Mountain Bike Team racing downhill World Cups. The young team consists of four riders aged between 17 and 27. Injuries, and particularly head injuries, unfortunately go hand in hand with the sport. Cuts, bruises and broken bones are very tangible, obvious to the laymen and medic alike and treatment is advanced and well understood.

Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries, known as concussion, are very different. They can occur from just riding fast over rough terrain, landing jumps and drops in addition to more obvious impacts following crashes. Although there are some classic symptoms we currently have no way of monitoring, recording or accurately diagnosing these injuries which can occur from either a one off bang as well as an accumulation of smaller knocks.

bigquotesWe have a duty of care and moral obligation to look after our riders and do everything we can to utilise available tech in order to prevent all injuries to our riders.

When I heard about HIT Ltd and the fantastic, cutting edge research they were conducting on monitoring, recording and analysing the data from head impacts it was an absolute no brainer to work with them, excuse the pun!
Mark Goodwill, 555 RAAW Gravity Racing Team Manager

The small, inexpensive unit from HIT Ltd fastens safely onto the helmet and is light enough that the rider is oblivious to its existence, but the unit continually monitors impacts. The data is downloaded to the bespoke companion app giving the rider a clear indication of impacts personalised for their age, weight and activity.

bigquotesThis personalisation is important as a recent scientific paper in Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine concludes female athletes are more susceptible to concussions and experience worse outcomes than male athletes.

This technology possesses such promise and benefit that it would be great to see a day where it’s widely accepted and utilized as well as closer to being a mandatory process in bike racing. It offers the ability to not only manage concussions but also all the data and experience obtained will help go towards understanding brain traumas and treatment better and potentially aiding helmet manufacturers improve helmet safety.
Mark Goodwill, 555 RAAW Gravity Racing Team Manager

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bigquotesAs someone who has unfortunately suffered multiple concussions in the past, head safety is something that I now consider particularly important. I believe we should take a lot of care when it comes to potential brain injuries, however, sometimes it can still be hard to make the correct decisions regarding them especially if no major issues are shown at the time. Hopefully access to the correct data can improve the informed decision-making process when things aren’t clear so that brain health isn’t compromised. Going forward, HIT and their product have potential to play an important role in the sport, I’m genuinely pleased to be promoting their product!Luke Williamson, 555 RAAW Gravity Racing

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bigquotesOften we speak to riders and keep hearing ‘When you crash often you dust yourself off, check the bike’s okay, make sure there’s no pain or visible injury and back on the bike to continue riding’. Concussion and brain injuries in general are the only injuries where you're asking the injured organ to self-diagnose. There is no pain, just often confusion and reliance on symptom identification. The margin for error with elite mountain biking is tiny, and if you’re riding impaired, even the slightest loss of focus can lead to catastrophic accidents and injury, let alone drop in performance. Thats where HIT can protect by providing instant severity, knowledge and clarity of head impact incidents.

As athletes, pros and every day riders, we want to track the speed, the amount of steps, our heartrate and more. Yet we don’t check the severity of impact to the head when landing a jump hard or taking a tumble. Everyone is so concerned about brain injury, and as one of the most severe injuries long-term that you can suffer, the need to know when to continue or stop is massively neglected. HIT aims to recognise, remove and assess, letting the rider or coach know when to take further action, when to dust yourself off and continue or when to take time to let the dust settle seeking further care.

In simple terms HIT provides, instant clarity of g-force severity, objective data knowledge and a bespoke cognitive brain passport that’s unbiased and unaffected by situation, event or feeling.

We are delighted to be working with 555 RAAW Gravity Racing who are taking massive steps forward in rider safety, education and taking note of head injuries by using HIT to recognise risky impacts early and take the steps to remove riders and assess to take the immediate steps to recover before it compounds and amounts to significant time out of the sport.
Euan Bowen, HIT Ltd

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bigquotesCrashes are part of our sport, but the amount of experience around brain injuries is limited. The right amount of recovery for brain injury used to be hard to determine and the decision to go back to training was often influenced by other motivations than health alone. Having the racers equipped with the HIT system is a great leap for brain injury protocols, pushing the sport in a safer direction.RAAW Mountain Bikes


For more information about the technology and the company, visit hitrecognition.co.uk.

555 RAAW Gravitiy Racing is represented by Netperformance.

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  • 59 0
 I like everything about this. As a ski patroller I see a LOT of concussion patients but since it's not a tangible injury, like the article pointed out, it's really hard to drive home the severity and uncertainty with the situation. People in that sport are similar with this one "should I stop? should I go home? will I be ok?" Unfortunately I have to tell them, I don't know. I have zero information on just how hard you smacked your dome. This will allow riders to see that even though they remember the whole thing and feel perfectly normal, they took a big impact and need to take a step back and analyze what their next decision should be. Plus I applaud HIT for bringing this product in at a reasonable price: $108 for something that can be swapped to different helmets is awesome.
  • 7 3
 Specialized has had their angi crash sensor out for a few years now and it's quite a bit cheaper.

www.specialized.com/ca/en/stories/angi

They come standard on their dh helmets. They should come on all helmets honestly. This should be a standard.
  • 6 57
flag blowmyfuse (Jul 6, 2022 at 8:40) (Below Threshold)
 @taskmgr: I'm already paying an astronomical amount for a piece of styrofoam that's shaped "cool". You want to force me to buy a styrofoam cooler with high tech sensors every time? Heck no.

I'll pick my price point thank you very much. You want bells and whistles and warning lights and a bat man beacon to save you from concussions....pony up extra.

Standard? Bah!
  • 7 0
 @taskmgr: I honestly didn't know about that one. Glad to see there's multiple options out there!
  • 6 0
 What's sad is seeing everyone skiing or snowboarding without a helmet, not knowing just how bad it can be. Concussions and TBI are a real problem in quite a few sports, so the more we can do to help people treat them, the better.
  • 7 0
 @taskmgr: I thought the angi sensor I had on my old Spesh helmet only triggered an alarm call if I did not get up and stop the app from triggering an emergency call. Have they evolved the angi tech so it now does full data logging? Looking at the spesh website the only difference from when I had it was that you can now fit it to other helmets they approve of unless I am missing something
  • 3 1
 @nickfranko: I know I shouldn't admit this but I had an ER nurse as a patient once that I berated because she wasn't wearing a helmet. Her exact words "ya I know I should know better". Saw her later that season and she had a nice Smith MIPS helmet so I guess I don't feel too bad about it.
  • 1 1
 How about a HIT for us old fu**ers??
  • 1 0
 @taskmgr: Not the same, Specialized reports your location in case of a crash, you don't have the reading of the G forces and the impact effect and indicator if it's a concussion or not. works very similar to the crash alert on Garmin edge series
  • 1 0
 @nickfranko: Hey, Team HIT here!
Yes - we also agree. Head injuries and concussion are not only a MTB issue but a sporting wide issue. Our tech can be switched onto ski, snowboarding, road cycling and horse riding helmets to name a few. We aim to continue this brain health awareness conversation via the use of our tech. Making the invisible injury visible.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here.
Thanks so much for the kind words and support.
It is interesting to learn from your ski patroller point of view.
Yes - and the organ that is reporting is the damaged organ, so we need to better protect athletes and remove that decision making from them.
You can also put one of our devices onto a ski helmet or other helmets such as horse riding, road cycling and snow boarding - we have made it multi use and transferable.
Thanks - we have deliberately made the price point accessible as we dont believe in pricing anyone out of brain health awareness and mitigation.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 1 0
 @taskmgr: Team HIT here - we wanted to outline the difference between the Angi sensor and our tech:
The Angi sensor is a crash detection and safety beacon whereas the HIT sensor is a head impact indicator. The HIT sensor is always collecting data, even if you don’t have a fall, crash or big accident – it is picking up all that accumulative load which then also displays this in a graphic like chart with three load sections, counting how many g-forces and putting them in red, amber and green. HIT is designed to act as a tool of mitigation whereas the Angi sensor alerts an emergency contact to advise you that they have had a crash / accident.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 1 0
 @skierdud89:
Team HIT here
Great that you had this conversation! So important, no matter who the person is, there background or job - we need to keep challenging and checking this. Well done!
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 34 1
 Maybe the UCI should issue these with timing chips.
  • 5 0
 Yeah, thinking the same. Can't be that hard to implement.
  • 9 0
 if they were worth there salt about rider safety it should be mandatory and any crash over x amount = no more riding
  • 6 0
 @Yak-muhahahaha: It would utilize existing tech which I think is what you mean by "not that hard", but introducing such tech in a program that will manage the health of the athletes is no trivial task and to do proper specification and testing would take at least a year, probably more. This is in order to get it to the point where the organizing body would actually ban an athlete for the data coming from these devices. I can see a "soft launch" where the data is collected but not used in rulings yet.
  • 4 1
 Should be standard on all bike helmets in general. From road to basic mtb helmets.
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flag blowmyfuse (Jul 6, 2022 at 8:44) (Below Threshold)
 @taskmgr: You must own stock in the company.

Second time I've seen you post in this same article that it should be made mandatory.

Want the tech...pay for it your damn self. Don't try to enact regulations in the forums you Canadian Troudeaux fanatic.
  • 10 0
 @blowmyfuse: symptoms of a concussion include irritability and being irrational, have you hit your head recently?
  • 1 4
 @roguecheddar: so you want to vote to lawfully mandate that all helmets muat now carry a digital motion tracking sensor regardless of person or circumstance and you're willing to pay the massive increase in price. And you want to FORCE all consumers and manufacturers to abide by another piece of legislation and oversight and beuracracy? Huh?
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: you definitely have hit your head. Calm your persecution fetish down, nobody is forcing you to do anything. And stop making shit up, I said nothing of the sort
  • 3 0
 Team HIT here! Yes - very good idea and way to implement our tech into UCI sanctioned events.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 3 0
 @Yak-muhahahaha: Team HIT here. We've made it very simple and accessible so hope this can be met with the openness to look at implementing or at least trialling it. #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 1 3
 @hit: I'm fine with the tech. I'm outraged by the fluffy bunnies above who want to mandate it into helmets like this planet needs more regulations.

If anything, it needs a bit more Murphy's Law to thin this massive herd Beer
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse:
Its not about more regulations. Its about improving standards. Taking all of the research and findings and putting them into practice - so that everyone in sport and society can become more brain health aware. Mitigate risk, and ensure that they can recognise, remove and assess any head impacts being sustained.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 1 1
 @hit: "improving standards" is regulation. It's a mandate. A Requirement. Riding bicycles doesn't require a law that dictates my helmet needs your technology in it in order for a company to make a helmet.

I'm perfectly fine with having more options to choose from. Not fine with a helmet 'standard', which is still a regulation. Your tech doesn't need to be a "Standard" in helmets. An option...absolutely.
  • 17 0
 I once had a major off where I...

What was I talking about?
I joke but I have had several nasty concussions. The last one, 3 years ago yesterday, was bad. I lost pretty much the entire day of the crash and honestly still feel like I have not fully recovered.

Any tech that, even slightly, helps is awesome in my mind. This could have so much impact to all aspects of TBI and our understanding of it.
  • 11 0
 Be safe bru - you only get one dome.
  • 5 8
 Good news is you have great sentence structure.

If my mom could have an orange sized tumor removed from her skull, turn mute, then fully cognizant again in less than 6 months....there's plenty of hope for your skull sponge. Beer
  • 1 0
 @Jvhowube: Team HIT here
Exactly. One brain. Never underestimate the value in protecting your noggin!
  • 11 0
 A step in the right direction! Finally this year concussions are starting to be taken more seriously which was long overdue. I hope that the concussion protocols of the UCI will be followed more strictly and professionals like Euan Speirits at Crankworx make sure the athletes are safe after a crash. Also the team managers should be protecting their riders as well, and not let people like Myriam Nicole in Lourdes ride after heavy concussion symptoms
  • 2 0
 Absolutely. I even doubt she should have raced Ft.Bill. She said in an Interview that she cried after her first run in Ft.Bill because it was so hard. This gave me goosebumps (in a negative way), i also have had concussions over the years and the bad ones made me mentally unstable as lomg as they lasted -i cried because of nothing. Hard to judge from a far but i feel she had not fully recovered yet.
  • 5 0
 My kid overshot a big gap the other day on a wonky ramp. I didn’t see the crash tho. He had a headache but also said he had one either and he gets dyhadrated due to just failing to drink water well enough and it was hot. Also had really gnarly abrasions on his arm that had to be cleaned etc. ER nurse friend treated his arm and said it’s super hard to tell if he had a concussion or hit his head. He has the headache and woozy feeling but all of those other things could contribute to that too. It’s so damn hard to tell what’s going on and how to respond. Having a basic device like this to at least provide a minor datapoint would have been SSOOOO helpful. No one needs these more than groms that are always “I’m fine Dad!!”. It also gets weird if you are on a fancy Whistler trip. Do you make them sit out for the whole week because they had a headache the same day as a crash? It’s super ambiguous and of course you want to be overly cautious but it gets complicated.
  • 7 0
 The old adage of "How much is your head worth" should spur people on to use something like this.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Spot on - you only have one brain.
Your brain health affects all areas of your life.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 4 0
 They mention “inexpensive” but it’s only $109! In bike part speak, it is insanely affordable relative to the value and importance. Calling it inexpensive is self deprecating when compared to all the over priced Knick knacks that get covered on the site. Would much rather see people getting exciting about this than the some anodized doodad that saves you 10g. This can save your future and no amount of gram shaving can compare to that.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here.
Very well said!!
We have deliberately kept our price point at an accessible point as brain health awareness is for everyone. We dont want to price anyone out of the ability to recognise, remove and assess head impacts in Sport.
Thanks so much for the support.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 4 0
 I met Fern from HIT. at the EWS and had some great chats about the product and the business. Its certainly something that many industries have been missing for years so im super stoked to see it coming to fruition from a small UK business. Fern is real credit to the company!
  • 1 0
 Hey Tom! Team HIT here - thanks very much for the kind words. We have passed this positive feedback onto Fern and she was delighted to hear of it and meet you at EWS! We hope our tech allows riders across the world to Recognise, Remove and Assess head impacts. #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 3 0
 Similar devices have been available for years, why aren't they required for all UCI races? Crashes on the road are also common.
I understand that most team managers don't care and most racers would rather injure themselves then lose some points, but a governing body should in theory be a voice of reason striving to protect the riders.
  • 1 0
 I agree with you. But the problem with this is the economic concerns which to me aren't a good excuse. I also follow rugby and it's an absolute shit show of one week it's all about player safety and the next week we ignore clearly concussed players been left in the field. There needs to be consequences for teams that don't look after their riders safety whether that's docking points or fines. But the incentive to allow or encourage concussed riders to race needs to be removed
  • 4 0
 It really needs to be taken out of the team managers hands completely and have a doctor on staff like F1 where they are employed by the UCI not the teams and they are the ones that make the decision not the manager
  • 2 0
 Why hasn’t the NFL been implanting these into their players heads for years too? Short ranges would make for potentially even live monitoring etc. I’m sure we all know why they aren’t.
  • 2 0
 @McMeta666:
Team HIT here!
Yes, we agree - needs to be a full circle approach to get everyone involved. Allowing us to remove the subjective behaviours around recognising head impacts. We also like this approach - third party doctors to oversee it and protect athletes. #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 4 0
 Super cool tech, would be interested in running something like this. Definitely gotten the shaky eyes on rough descents before.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Do make sure you check out our website to read more and look to get your own hands on a device. www.hitrecognition.co.uk
Our tech then allows you to understand the head impacts you are sustaining - Live time data at your fingertips.
Recognise. Remove. Assess.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 Very interested in this, I am curious about a few things that are not covered above or on the website that I could find.
1 Calibration; does the device need any routine service or calibration, and are they calibrated initially or is consistency between units and over time maintained in a way that does not require calibration?
2 Battery life and ip68 protection? What can the user expect regarding product life and durability?
3 Product lifetime; does the device need to be reset or replaced after a specific duration or level of impact?
Thanks in advance
  • 1 0
 Found some answers: CR2032 battery in the device and although no IP or equivalent rating is claimed, they do state "V1 is water and dust resistant – can withstand light shower and rain. It is not suitable for watersports."
  • 2 0
 I work with a company called the Neurologic Performance Group that partners with neurologists, using purpose made diagnostic equipment to monitor athletes as they recover from concussive impacts and determine the appropriate time to return to activity.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Thanks for sharing!
Your company sound really interesting
Is this them here: neurologicperformancegroup.com/about ??
#ProtectYourNoggin
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 @hit: that’s correct. Get in touch. We’d love to care for your athletes.

We are providing baseline testing to athletes as well as post-concussion care to determine a safe timeline for resuming activity.
  • 2 0
 As someone who has just found his son concussions on a trail and am now carefully managing a 14 years olds concussion, Id say that this is a good investment and setting an example by making this part of the monitoring of professional athletes would be a good start. The impact of a bit hit is easy to see but smaller multiple hits over time are easier to brush off and forget about...until you cant remember.
  • 2 0
 This is a no brainer. I honestly don't understand why ever factory supported race team hasn't been running this type of tech for years. If I was a large helmet brand I'd be going full blast into supporting something like this. It's the best real world test lab you can find. So much safety tech advancement can come from this type of information.
  • 2 0
 Team HIT here
Thanks for the support.
Yes, very good point - we hope more racing teams endorse this tech, so its mandatory on riders.
Spot on - we are very excited about the data collection involved and what that means for collectively furthering our knowledge around head impacts.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 Does it work without an App nearby? I just bought two of these for my sons. Assuming I don't HAVE to have the App running near them. I'd like for them to be able to take DH laps, the device storing any impact data etc, and then in the event of a crash, I can connect my phone to it and grab the data (and of course just visually see the lights on the device). Anyone know how that works?

One thing they should be selling this on is...helmet replacement. How do you know when to replace your fancy 200-400$ helmet? Its always a gamble and super expensive and the things are so often listed as "one crash helmets". Having a small data point to help with that expensive decision would be nice.
  • 2 0
 In high school I remember a kid that was bodyboarding at a popular shore break surf spot. The wave picked him up, and slammed his head right on the sand, at a speed and with such force that it feels like hitting concrete. Kid felt like passing out and couldn't stand up for awhile, and when his friends implored him to go to the ER to get checked out, he shrugged it off. He went to sleep that night and never woke up again. I myself suffered a concussion 4 years ago at a local trail. Couldn't even remember the crash, and really don't remember a whole lot after. Eventually drove myself to urgent care and got a CT scan. Even though my brain didn't exhibit anything the doctors felt like might be a long term concern, to this day my brain feels a lot foggier and my short term memory, which has never been great to begin with, is a lot worse. Lotsa peeps complaining about price. But you really can't put a price on head protection and brain injury prevention.
  • 2 0
 This is a G meter, similar to what airplanes have had for decades to measure airframe stress. Awesome idea to have a G meter for your head to measure brain stress. Ordered two; if the app works well for me, I'll put them on my kids' helmets as well.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Awesome to read!!
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 Brilliant, the Data collected is going to be a massive improvement on the diagnosis and grading of tbi. VERY excited for this simple device. Adding to to football and moto helmets will speed up this process as well. GREAT stuff
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Thanks! We also agree - the more information we have, the more data to analyse.
Yes, a small simple device designed to allow you the chance to recognise, remove and assess head impacts.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 3 0
 Seems like a good idea - probably not bad value at £90 either.
Surprised more teams/riders aren't running this in DH and Enduro.
  • 1 0
 There is no known "threshold" of force that causes a concussions as it can vary significantly from person to person and moment to moment.
There can be large forces that don't cause concussions and small forces that can concuss another individual at another time.
Just because there were "X" newtons of force during a ride does not correlate to a concussion.

I like the gathering of data, but concussions are still.a subjective diagnosis. We are getting closer to blood/enzyme/imaging tests as indicators, but for now, if they have any concussion symptoms, they should be held out of that event until cleared by medical team.
  • 1 0
 Hello
Team HIT here
We are not saying our tech recognises when / if you have had a concussion.
What we are saying is that our tech allows the wearer to be given a live time g-force head impact reading, so that they can recognise, remove and assess any head impacts.
Yes - concussions can be subjective, but our data is objective.
Yes - the data collection side of things is invaluable - we then feed this back to our research partners for us to collectively learn more about head impacts in Sport.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 CTE is no joke, glad to see a team taking a further step into preventative management.
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 Team HIT here
Thank You!
Great to read you also understand the severity of CTE and how important brain health is
We have experienced some very interesting feedback, with some rejecting understanding of head injuries in Sport.
It is great you are an ally!!
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 Wow this is a fantastic device. Should be a requirement to have if you want to race UCI DH.
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here.
Thank you so much! We aspire to get to a stage where our tech is applied / implemented and made mandatory within MTB racing. #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 1
 Great product! Every helmet should have one of these built in - it should be mandatory by law, or at the very least mandatory for participation in competitive events.
  • 2 0
 Team HIT here
Thank you - we also want our tech to be mandatory and even better if we can partner up with helmet manufacturer(s) to get our tech integrated into helmets! #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 What about g forces? Can’t the brain also suffer an injury when it slaps around in your skull without an external impact?
  • 1 0
 Yes
  • 2 0
 Excellent work bringing this out!
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 Team HIT here
Thank you very much! We are delighted to bring our product to the market and get this tech in the hands of more riders. #ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 good shizzle
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 Team HIT here
Thank you!! Allowing you to recognise, remove and assess head impacts when out Mountain Biking. #ProtectYourNoggin
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 That is great!!
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 Well done guys!
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Thanks! We are super excited to be working with the young riders over on team 555 RAAW Gravity.
#ProtectYourNoggin
  • 2 0
 @hit: you definitely should push on UCI to use these in EWS and DH world Cup. Thumbs up!
  • 1 0
 @bok-CZ: Thank you! We are definitely doing this kind of work behind the scenes.
  • 1 1
 Don't they know that concussions are a liberal hoax so they can take away our football?
  • 1 0
 Team HIT here
Brain injuries, TBI, Concussion and head impacts are not a hoax.
Science, research, experiences and medicine shows brain injuries are an issue and massive concern.
Please do have a read on our website and look into this, so you can become educated, aware, mindful and knowledgeable around brain health.
#ProtectYourNoggin.
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