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Experts in Sport: Instrumented Mouthguards and Concussion in Rugby Union

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The Experts in Sport podcast is a regular series that brings together experts from across Loughborough University with external thought leaders to discuss the latest research and hot topics in sport and academia with new episodes launched regularly.

In this episode host Dr Stuart McErlain-Naylor is joined by Dr Enora Le Flao, Dr Elisabeth Williams, and David Powell to discuss the use of ‘smart mouthguards’ in contact sports, focusing on the recent use of technology to identify potential concussions pitch-side.

Guests consider the technological advancements that have allowed for more accurate measurement of impact and the effectiveness of HIA (Head Injury Assessment) protocols. Conversations around research of instrumented mouthguards hint at the expansion of the technology into other sports, using rugby as a pilot sport.