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Technology Conor McGregor to wear revolutionary new mouthguard for Octagon return... which could aid the fight against fatal head injuries across all combat sports

16:30  31 october  2019
16:30  31 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Conor McGregor has become the latest fighting icon urged to wear a revolutionary new mouthguard that could transform combat sports' fight against potentially fatal head injuries.

As revealed by Sportsmail earlier this month, the doctor of Anthony Joshua wants the heavyweight superstar to use the technology as boxing battles to prevent further tragedy following the recent death of Patrick Day.

Now McGregor, the biggest star in mixed martial arts, is being called on by former UFC chief David Allen to wear the new mouthguard, which provides live information on head impacts - and the dangers they could pose.

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McGregor returns to the Octagon in Las Vegas on January 18 and Allen wants him to incorporate the technology into his gruelling training regime.

'MMA fighters regularly have fights cancelled because of injury caused in training and according to UFC data, head and face injuries in fights make up over 75 per cent of fight injuries, including concussion,' said Allen, who is CEO of leading mouthguard provider OPRO.

'These revolutionary new mouthguards would enhance Conor's training with real-time head impact monitoring. Each impact to his head would be picked up by the mouthguard and transmitted to a laptop outside of the Octagon for medics to monitor', he added.

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OPRO, who have a multi-year agreement with the UFC, hope the technology can revolutionise the way combat sports deal with blows to the head.

And speaking to Sportsmail earlier this month Professor Mike Loosemore revealed he wants to introduce the mouthguard into boxing, too.

Loosemore recently joined the board of Sport & Wellbeing Analytics, a start-up at the forefront of the new technology. He works with AJ and is GB Boxing's chief medical officer. He has yet to discuss the mouthguard with Joshua but hopes the heavyweight will incorporate it into his camp after his upcoming rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.

'The product is what we've been looking for really,' he said. 'We've been looking for something where we can measure the real impact on the head.

'I could see it being used in boxers' sparring, if they take some heavy shots, you could call the sparring off for the day or you could rest them up for a couple of days or a week or until they've made a recovery.'

The mouthguard has been trialled in rugby and OPRO are partnered with six teams at the Rugby World Cup and 11 of the 12 teams in the Gallagher Premiership, as well as hockey teams and organisations in taekwondo.Read more

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