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HITIQ announces year long trial with Scottish Rugby

A first of its kind

The agreement represents a first of its kind collaboration involving a northern hemisphere Tier 1 international programme that will see HITIQ’s flagship Nexus A9 head impact sensor technology deployed across players in Scotland’s international and professional teams.

Starting in September 2021 this collaboration will see HITIQ technology used with Scottish Rugby’s elite programmes, with players from Scotland Men’s National Team, Scotland Women, Scotland 7s and Edinburgh Rugby.

The collaboration will span the entirety of the 2021-2022 Six Nations and United Rugby Championships and Autumn Nations Series competitions, as well as, the international sevens circuit.

Measurement and Comparison

Scottish Rugby will be using HITIQ’s technology to measure and compare all aspects of game and training head impact loads. The ambition is to review and enhance player welfare standards within its high-performance programmes.

HITIQ’s Nexus A9 Smart Instrumented Mouthguard and associated Nexus Portal Software delivers a platform for measuring and managing head impact exposures of players during training and games.

The full system allows users to accurately quantify exposures across individual players, positions, time periods and drills. These insights can be used to identify, manage and manipulate contact drills to reduce head impact exposures and ultimately enhance player wellbeing and availability for selection.

The Nexus A9 mouthguard itself is custom fit and embedded with inertial sensor technology (3 tri-axial accelerometers and a gyroscope) in order to quantify the head impacts and is individually calibrated for each player to ensure accurate data. The project will also be supported by Scottish Rugby’s official dental provider SmilePlus, based in Edinburgh.

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr James Robson MBE said: “We are delighted to partner with HITIQ, who have class leading technology. In this trial we aim to improve our understanding of impact loads on our players in both the training and match environments. We would hope this will further inform on the debate around player load and welfare management going forwards.”

HITIQ CEO, Mike Vegar said: “Expanding our technology footprint into a significant global target market such as Rugby Union is critical to HITIQ’s overall strategy. Being the first head impact sensor to partner with a national rugby union team is very exciting for all our stakeholders and this agreement with Scottish Rugby builds on other rugby union agreements entered into domestically and previously in the UK.

“In aligning ourselves to the pedigree of Scotland Rugby SRU-HITIQwe see this as a powerful step in establishing HITIQ as the concussion technology leader within the sport. Our interests are completely aligned with Scottish Rugby and we look forward to forming a strong relationship by assisting them to improve their player welfare standards.”

HITIQ Director of Elite Sales & Strategy - UK & Europe, Tom Mockford said: “We are delighted to be working with Scottish Rugby to support player welfare. Providing world leading head impact measurement via the HITIQ Nexus A9 system will allow the performance and medical team to manage players and maximise their availability. The issue with head injury is a serious one. We at HITIQ are here to help teams and clubs from across the UK and Europe manage risk and protect players allowing them to enjoy playing the sports we all love.