Head impact telemetry system

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Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) is a hardware and software system intended as a shock detector and logger; the hardware is embedded in football helmets and transmits data to a computer.[1]

The system was developed by Simbex, based on Lebanon, New Hampshire, in collaboration with Virginia Tech,[1] starting around 2000.[2] By 2006 the system weighed about six ounces and had six sensors, a small computer, a battery and a radio; helmets including the system were marketed by Riddell and a set of 40 cost around $50,000 at that time.[2] At that time nine NCAA football teams and a high school team were testing it, and the NFL had decided it not well validated enough to use.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ouellette, Jennifer (October 17, 2011). "What Woody Woodpecker Can Teach Us About Football". Scientific American: Cocktail Party Physics Blog.
  2. ^ a b c Sidman, Jessica (July 27, 2006). "From helmet to sideline, device measures impacts to head". USA Today.