In the News
August 19, 2016
Some big changes are coming to high school football this season. The football players on more than a dozen local teams will be wearing a new piece of technology. One local team made the switch last season as a result of a NewsChannel 5 On Your Side investigates report on helmet safety. Freeburg Head Coach Ronnie Stuart says he’s looking forward to using the Riddell InSite helmet sensors for the first time this season. Columbia High School is going into its second season with the sensors. They were the first school to start using them. Now they’re one of 15 area high schools that have joined the growing trend of safety on the football field. All the players at Columbia High School have the sensors in their helmets.
August 18, 2016
The San Francisco 49ers recently teamed up with USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, to hand out grants to several youth football teams in the San Francisco area. The grants, which were for uniforms and safety equipment, were granted to select youth and scholastic football programs based on need and merit. These grants from USA Football, which are given to increase the benefits and fun of playing football for all ages, are provided with help from its equipment partner, Riddell, and its uniform provider, Siege Sports, as well as support from the NFL Foundation.
August 18, 2016
Players on the JV and varsity teams at Cordova High School will be wearing high-tech football helmets, embedded with impact monitoring technology. It’s a welcome addition to the team. This new helmet could change the rules of the game and also ease concerns. If a player receives a hard hit on the football field, the helmet sends a message to the sidelines and to the coaches. From there, that player will be evaluated and coaches say without the new technology players would be self-evaluating themselves. The technology from Riddell triggers an alert when an impact passes a pre-determined threshold. Cordova High School is the first in the nation to outfit an entire team, all thanks to an $180,000 grant from the city.
August 18, 2016
The Webb School
The Webb School football program became one of the first high school football programs in Tennessee to take a hi-tech approach to monitoring their players. Webb has adopted Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System – the latest in head impact monitoring technology – for the upcoming season.
August 17, 2016
Athletic trainers like Gary Premo and Cassie Glodowski are a familiar sight on the sidelines at Weyauwega-Fremont and Waupaca high schools. Both work for ThedaCare, a Fox Cities-based community health system consisting of seven hospitals and numerous clinics in northeastern Wisconsin. Both help to monitor the health and safety of student athletes. In regards to concussion safety and awareness, Waupaca High School has utilized ImPACT, a concussion management test, since 2009. Trainers also test middle school football players in Waupaca and Weyauwega-Fremont. The Hortonville Area School District invested $20,000 last year in the Riddell InSite Response System, which records impacts on five key areas of a football helmet. Sideline staff receive instant alerts if there’s a problem.
August 17, 2016
Thanks to a grant from the city, both the varsity and junior varsity football programs at Cordova High School will be wearing helmet-based, head-impact monitoring technology. The grant that eventually was approved by the city that allowed the school to buy 180 of the technology-driven helmets from Riddell. What makes the helmets so special are the many sensors hidden in the padding. When an impact reaches a certain threshold, the sensor will then send an electronic signal to a hand-held device on the sidelines. That means every player is being monitored at the same time, and wherever they are on the field during practice and games. According to Riddell, Cordova is the first high school in the country to have the city outfit an entire team.
August 12, 2016
District 205 has jumped on board with Riddell's new 'Impact Response System' helmets. Impact sensor pads are placed inside the liners of helmets. They measure the impact of the blows over five sensor areas. If a single severe blow or a series of blows are considered dangerous the sensors transmit signals to a handheld device on the sideline alerting the coaching staff or trainers. The handheld device reads out the name of the player, the amount of the impact, the area of the head where the impact occurred and the time the blow occurred. The data is also uploaded onto software on a computer where it can be stored and studied over time. District 205 is the first school district in Illinois to roll out this technology in all of its high schools. This year is a one year trial run. 45 of the Impact helmets will be in use total at the four high schools, so only a few players will be equipped with them. If District administrators and coaches are pleased with the results then more of the helmets will likely be phased in in upcoming years.
August 11, 2016
Kids playing football this year in any of the four Rockford Public high schools will hit the field with extra technology in their helmets. Jefferson, East, Auburn and Guilford High Schools are participating in a pilot program for the 2016 football season. The schools are testing out helmets with Riddell InSite technology. "It's just an extra eye to make sure that our student athletes are receiving the best care and the most prompt attention this gives real time information to our sideline athletic trainers and coaches and staff and anything that we can do to provide the best technology rated helmets for our student athletes we are going to do that," says RPS Athletic Director Mathew Parker. District 205 is the first in the Stateline to use this type of technology and they are also the 1st multi-high school district in the state to jump on board with InSite helmets.
August 11, 2016
Harrisburg High School recently purchased 18 new helmets from football outfit Riddell. The inside of each player's helmet is equipped with multiple sensors that can track any impacts to their head. Each helmet has its own serial number that is assigned to a player at the start of the season. The helmets have to be properly worn on the head to activate the sensors to be able to measure any impacts. Christina McCabe, long time athletic trainer for Harrisburg High School, said the new technology, although it cannot yet diagnose a concussion, still helps give her a better understanding of cranial impacts. McCabe will also personally monitor hits or impacts with a hand held device that will show all the helmets in use. “It’s going to help a lot,” Bulldog senior Austin Hefner said. “Most of the times guys aren’t going to say when they actually have a concussion because they want to continue to play, but now you don’t really have a choice. As much as it’s going to make some players mad, it’s going to help them, too.”
August 11, 2016
Four Rockford Public High Schools, East, Auburn, Guilford and Jefferson, will take part in a pilot program this fall called the Riddell InSite Impact Response System. It's a relatively new technology that incorporates sensors in helmets that read and measure impact and send those readings immediately to a hand-held devise. Coaches can use that information to address a possible concussion, or it can be uploaded to a computer where staffs can use a player-management software dashboard to review a player's history or look for trends. One hand-held device can take in all readings for up to 100 helmets. For this season, 45 helmets will have the InSite technology: 10 at Jefferson, 11 at Guilford and 12 each at East and Auburn. The district replaces 10 percent of its helmet inventory every year, so this year's changes incorporated the InSite technology. The pilot program is through a partnership with Riddell and comes at no cost to the taxpayer.