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September 16, 2014

Undefeated Arcadia Playing It Safe With Increased Awareness

“Inside the helmet there are sensors in all different areas,” head coach Lenny Abt recently explained to “It’s monitored by a device that the trainer has on the sidelines which records an impact when it reaches a certain level she’ll get a warning level from the handset.
September 14, 2014
Fox 6

“I’m passionate about this:” Clay Matthews’ mom, Leslie works to make the game as safe as possible

“Absolutely. I’m passionate about this. Riddell has come out with the technology that goes inside a helmet to a handheld device that will alert the trainers to an impact — and depending on the level of the impact, they can bring them out and assess exactly what happens — whether they can go back in, whether they need to stay out. It’s just an extra set of eyes to watch these kids because the coach and the trainer and the coaches cannot see everything,” Leslie Matthews said.
September 04, 2014

Schwartz: Riddell’s SpeedFlex Helmet Features Number Of Technological Advancements

Riddell, the world’s leading helmet manufacturer, has introduced SpeedFlex, a new helmet that reduces impact-force transfer to the player by selectively adding flexibility to key helmet components. The SpeedFlex helmet features a bold new look with a cool, aggressive streamlined shell design. The stainless steel facemask offers better field vision for the player while the padding materials inside the helmet help to absorb impact energy while retaining position and purpose over extended durations of play.
August 20, 2014

Wearables a solution to concussions?

Scientists may have figured out a way to better understand concussions and brain injuries on the football field that could lead to solutions, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.
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.
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