Q30 Innovations announces the US launch of the Q-Collar, an FDA-cleared device designed to help protect the brain from the effects associated with repetitive sub-concussive head impacts.
The device addresses a primary health concern in contact sports by providing an extra layer of protection for athletes of any contact sport. It is intended to be worn around the neck with existing protective sports equipment.
Designed for athletes aged 13 years and older, the Q-Collar is backed by years of research and FDA clearance. Research behind the Q-Collar was conducted by leading medical institutions, including the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and University of Toronto, and published in peer-reviewed medical journals, a media release from Q30 Innovations explains.
“Since 2012, we’ve worked with the leading medical, academic, engineering and design experts to develop a product that will help the next generation of athletes play safer and smarter. Launching the Q-Collar in the US is a major milestone moment for Q30 Innovations and the fight against brain injuries in sports, and we’re proud to make the Q-Collar available for athletes across North America.”
— Tom Hoey, co-founder and co-CEO of Q30 Innovations
How it Works
A team of medical experts from different specialties invented the Q-Collar after identifying the movement of the brain inside the skull, or “slosh,” as a key cause of structural changes to the brain. The Q-Collar uses jugular vein compression to slightly increase blood volume in the head, which reduces the movement of the brain that can cause injury. By creating a tighter fit for the brain inside the skull, the Q-Collar is safe and effective at helping to protect athletes’ brains from effects associated with repetitive sub-concussive head impacts, the release explains.
“Over the past decade, coaches, athletes, parents and decision-makers at every level of sport have been forced to reckon with a deeper understanding of the potential for both short- and long-term dangers of head injuries in sports. With the US launch of the Q-Collar, athletes nationwide finally have access to a novel advancement in head injury protection that will enable them to play the sports they love with a greater degree of safety.”
— Julian Bailes, MD, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, NorthShore University Health System; and Chief Medical Advisor for Q30 Innovations
[Source(s): Q30 Innovations, PR Newswire]