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August 19, 2014
WGN Chicago

High Tech Protection Coming to Area Prep Football Players

An ”Insite helmet” accounts for a players position and level of play. And four sensors in the helmet will initiate an alert. If an onfield hit is deemed above threshold, that alert is sent to a cell phone sized monitor carried by the trainers or coach and gives the players name, number, and the date and time the hit occurred.
August 19, 2014
The Washington Post

Williamsburg, Norfolk high schools begin using sensors in football

But four high school football programs south of Loudoun have moved ahead and given their players football helmets containing sensors. Three programs in Williamsburg and one in Norfolk are using devices that send an alert to a trainer holding a monitor on the sideline. They are believed to be the first schools in Virginia to offer the equipment. “I would have no idea whatsoever” that the players had taken hard hits, Gotthardt said of the devices made by Riddell, one of the nation’s leading helmet manufacturers. “Me and the other trainers in the county think this is a great tool for us.”
July 23, 2014

Riddell is ready for the 2014 football season and parents should know why

Since she has lived this dream with her two boys, Leslie Matthews has teamed up with Riddell in order to share her experiences as a football parent and as a coach’s wife and is offering tips and advice on how to keep other parents’ children healthy during the 2014 football season. Leslie will be in New York City on Wednesday, July 30th to discuss the following important suggestions.
July 16, 2014

Update: High-tech helmets approved for North Little Rock football

In February, THV 11 featured a special report on the safety ratings of football helmets and now one central Arkansas high school has a chance to use cutting edge technology to help protect players in its program. Helmet maker Riddell approached North Little Rock High's football team about trying a new helmet sensor that can alert trainers when athletes may have sustained a concussion. It's a brand new technology that only a handful of schools around the country are using.
June 28, 2014
Yahoo! Sports - Shutdown Corner

Perhaps answer to improving concussion situation is through technology

Riddell, which provides a majority of the helmets for NFL players, thinks its InSite Impact Response System can help at all levels. Basically, a five-point sensor pad in the helmet measures the impact of hits, and when a hit or sequence of hits passes a certain threshold the athletic trainer on the sideline is sent an alert on a cell-phone sized device. The equipment doesn't diagnose concussions, Riddell said (no company is going to want to take on that liability) and when an alert is sent, it doesn't necessarily mean a player is pulled from the game or the game is stopped.
June 11, 2014
NFL Revolution

Q&A: Riddell SVP of research talks about new SpeedFlex helmet

Riddell sporting goods' SpeedFlex football helmet has gained a lot of attention this year. Riddell has tried to set a new standard with the headgear, incorporating a new facemask, shell, chinstrap mechanism and electronics into one package. The result has been hundreds of college and pro teams are wearing during pre-introductory phase.
June 09, 2014

'Smart' football helmet may help detect concussions

A wave of new technology, embedded in football helmets, aims to measure the force of on-field collisions and send alerts when a player's health may be in danger. "We want to protect players as best we can," said Thad Ide, head of product development and management at Riddell, the United States' leading maker of football helmets, which has embraced these new head-impact systems.
June 02, 2014
Bleacher Report

How New Helmet Technology Will Make the NFL and NHL Safer

Concussions remain a serious issue in sports, and with the recent White House concussion summit, the discussion has been raised a notch. Luckily, some companies are doing it anyway. Riddell has long been a leader in the field, with its helmets remaining the most worn brand in the NFL for the past two decades. Riddell is introducing its newest helmet, called the SpeedFlex, this season.
May 26, 2014
Tech Gadgets Guide

Watch Your Head: How Helmet Technology has Changed

The official helmet producer for the NFL, Riddell, is introducing a new helmet this season that has a sensor system that sends a signal to the sidelines when there is an impact beyond a player’s typical hit magnitude. Technological improvements have also brought us to where we are today as advancements in computing capabilities have made it easier to test a helmet’s effectiveness.
May 25, 2014

High tech helmets to debut this fall in East Tennessee

"There will be sensors inside six of the helmets," Jason Hicks, the head football coach at Greenback said, explaining the new helmets from Riddell, called "Insite." "Provide real-time data to our trainers and coaches staff about significant impacts to those six kids," he added. Sensors are placed inside the pads in the helmet. When someone gets hit, a handheld monitor will record the impact: showing which player was involved, where on the head, and the speed of collision.
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