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April 20, 2017
Ido Lechner / PSFK
Sports technology has come a long way since basketball players first donned high top converse and footballs were anything but synthetic. And while we’re all infatuated with the players on the courts and fields, we rarely take into consideration all of the advancements in shoes, balls, gear, turfs, refereeing and other elements which allow our favorite athletes to ascend to the upper echelon of their game.
Consider the football helmet—perhaps the most critical protection piece for NFL players. From 2015 to 2016, rates of concussions were down only modestly, to 244 total concussions last year. How can we circumvent these regularly occurring injuries in such a contact-heavy sport? What’s missing in previous helmet editions that could bolster a decrease in these alarming concussion figures? In response to these questions, pioneering football sports tech firm Riddell has recently debuted its latest helmet technology dubbed Precision Fit, a process for creating bespoke helmets via state-of-the-art 3D-scanning techniques.
March 09, 2017
Colgate phased into the advanced world of football helmet technology with a recent visit from Riddell representatives sporting their new Precision-Fit engineering. First-year Raiders Abu Daramy, Nick Diaco, Alex Mathews and Nick Wheeler were scanned and fitted for the latest in helmet technology. The goal of the new headgear is to improve fit, stability and vision inside the helmet as well as overall player protection. The process uses 3D scanning techniques to build a completely custom-fitting helmet tailored to an individual player's head shape and size.
October 13, 2016
The Exeter school district has taken that one step further with the purchase of 145 Riddell SpeedFlex helmets, equipped with the InSite monitoring system. The district ponied up more than $55,000 last spring to equip all of its high school and junior...
August 30, 2016
With the start of the new school year comes the start of high school sports. This year in South Carolina, one school is adding Riddell InSite sensors inside football helmets registers ‘hard hits’ to the helmet, which could help detect concussions.
August 29, 2016
This is the first season the Flagler Palm Coast High School football team has been using the Riddell InSite helmets with built in technology that tracks each player electronically, monitoring their hits to the head.
August 27, 2016
When Flagler County’s two high school football teams met on the gridiron Friday night, they renewed their cross-county rivalry with greater safety than in years past. That’s because new helmet-based impact technology is improving prevention and treatment of high school football concussions. The Riddell InSite Impact Response System alerts coaches and athletic trainers on the sidelines when a player takes a significant hit.
August 26, 2016
Football-related concussions have been a focus in the national media and other circles in recent years, partly due to how former NFL players have been impacted later in life. It’s a big concern in football at the high school level as well. Carbondale and Harrisburg are two local schools which now have Riddell’s InSite helmets, which have impact response technology in them. The new helmets should be a valuable tool keeping players safer when it comes to head injuries.
August 26, 2016
Concussions will always be a part of football, but the Notre Dame high school football team of West Haven is hoping an addition to their helmets can make the game safer. This season the Green Knights will have sensors from Riddell called InSite. Coach Tom Marcucci says they’re installed in 12 helmets for players who play on the offensive line, defensive line or other high impact positions, “it’s another safeguard, that’s how I look at it,” says Marcucci. “Our helmets are all the same, I think the misconception is that the helmet is different. The guys without the sensor, the helmet is the same. So we still rely on observation and the experience of the coaches. It’s just another tool to use to keep the game safer.”
August 26, 2016
The Huntington North football program is on the cutting edge of new technology designed to make football safer. This year the Vikings spent $5,400 installing Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System into 36 of their helmets. Huntington North is the first high school in Northeast Indiana to use this technology.
August 26, 2016
A few area CIAC schools have purchased Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System to provide another way to quickly identify potential concussions. The company Riddell, which designs and develops football helmets and other protective sports equipment, calls itself “a recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation.” This five-zone sensor pad installed into the liner of the helmet measures the severity of impact to the helmet.