Dehydration Sensor

Project Description:

Heat stroke due to exertion is the third leading cause of on-the-field sudden death in athletes.  According to a USA today article, deaths from heat related injuries for athletes has more than doubled since 1975. The combination of hot weather and intense exercise makes athletes vulnerable to injuries such as heat stroke and dehydration. Some of the physiological conditions in question are rapid heart rate, high body temperature, and dehydration. Our group is developing a sensor system that will measure the core body temperature, heart rate and electrolytic content of sweat to monitor signs of dehydration and heat stroke. The ultimate goal of the project is to incorporate these sensors in a wearable device that will allow medical staff and athletes to take appropriate action and prevent serious heat related injuries.

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