Head Impacts in Sports: Impact Measurements using a Mouthguard

Research Update July 2018:

At the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics at the Dublin Convention Centre, Institute of Technology Tallaght and CADFEM welcomed colleagues from Stanford University at our exhibition stand.

We are delighted to report that the research project has evolved further to include head impact measurements using an instrumented mouthguard. Camlab at Stanford University is supplying the mouthguard technology. Measurements and simulations are performed by IT Tallaght. CADFEM Ireland provide ANSYS LS-DYNA and Cloud Computing power for the simulation and analysis work and to process the huge amount of data generated. The project also counts on St James’s Hospital Dublin for medical assessment and diagnosis, and Trinity College Dublin who are investigating the blood brain barrier using contrast MRI scans of participants.

Please stay tuned to our website and conference announcements, an update of the project will be presented at the 5th Simulation Conference, 1-2 November 2018, Engineers Ireland, Dublin. Contact us for immediate updates: info@cadfemireland.com

CADFEM Group and Institute of Technology Tallaght and at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, 8th-12th July 2018, Dublin Convention Centre.

IT Tallaght presented the latest developments of the Research Project in the Poster Presentation: Investigation of the relationship between impact direction and principal strain within the brain. Download the Poster here.

Presenter: Stephen Tiernan. Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin. Authors: Stephen Tiernan, Gary Byrne, Derek Sweeney, Michael Power

Image: Global Human Body Consortium – Head Model IT Tallaght

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Institute of Technology Tallaght in collaboration with Beaumont Hospital Dublin, CorinthianSafety and CADFEM Ireland

October 2017: Dr Stephen Tiernan and colleagues from Institute of Technology Tallaght presented an update on their research work at the  4th Simulation Conference in Dublin.

Images courtesy of Institute of Technology Tallaght

Methodology: How does the brain react depending on the impact area and direction? 

The Concussion Research Projects provides insights into Front Impact, Lateral Impact, Rear Impact.


Simulation of impact






Analysis of Results (comparison with published brain tissue injury criteria).

Read more about the latest status of the Research: Measurement & Simulation of Head Impacts in Sports.



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