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August 17, 2017
Kasey / All Things Mamma

Playing Smarter Football

Football is a way of life in our family. From watching football on TV, in person and playing it, my boys can’t get enough! Even though we love football, we play smart! Football is no longer about being the fastest or strongest on the field; it’s about being the smartest, on and off the field. The game is relying more on science and technology to help evolve players into elite athletes with the implementation of sensor, cooling/heating and grip technologies.
August 17, 2017
Rachel Mouton / Acadiana's Thrifty Mom

Let Riddell Help Your Child Play Smarter Football This Season #SmarterFootball

Football season is here and I’m not talking about the NFL. It is that time of year when moms everywhere cringe in excitement. If you have a son who loves the game, you know what I mean. You’re excited he gets to reconnect with all of his football friends and play the game he loves, but you cringe at the thought of injuries. I was so excited when I got an email from Riddell inviting me to discuss their new campaign to help make football safer for all of our favorite little guys, by teaching them about playing smarter.
August 16, 2017
Mike Klawitter / The McFarland Thistle

CONCUSSIONS: Technology may find answers

The McFarland High School football program this season will be using a new device that provides information on head impacts that occur in practices and games. Riddell Sports has developed InSite, a device installed inside a player’s helmet that offers data to coaches and athletic trainers on head impacts if the player reaches a certain research-based threshold.
August 16, 2017
Joe Cook / WLTX 19

USC Players Try New Helmets For More Safety

It seems that the South Carolina football team could be one of the premiere programs in player safety and health awareness when it comes to football. A couple USC players are taking the next step. Senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and sophomore wide receiver Bryan Edwards will be sporting custom made helmets by Riddell this season. Riddell approached USC and the players to try their prototypes. These helmets have padding that is molded and fitted specifically to the size and shape of their heads after some cranium scans. It's to help reduce impacts and prevent concussions.
August 15, 2017
Erin Duffy / Omaha World-Herald

Bellevue joins other school districts in receiving donation of data-tracking football helmets

Bellevue is the latest school district to receive a donation of “smart” football helmets that include hit-monitoring sensors. A donation from businessmen John Hassett of Bellevue Keno and Darwin Hanssen of DJ’s Dugout will allow the district to buy 218 Riddell helmets with the InSite Impact Response System for both the Bellevue West and Bellevue East High School football teams.
August 14, 2017
Tom Perry / Marietta College

Pioneers become first D3 program in Ohio to wear only Riddell's SpeedFlex helmet

As Marietta College’s football players gathered on the third floor at Don Drumm Stadium, you could hear the “oohhs” and “aahhs” as they got their first glimpse of the new football helmets. “These are pretty sweet,” said senior running back Roger Walker, who rushed for 1,292 yards last season. “Everyone loves to get new equipment, but these helmets are something else. They signify that we are moving forward as a football team.” Marietta College’s football program has adopted Riddell’s five-star-rated SpeedFlex helmet, which is equipped with the InSite Impact Response System — the latest in head impact monitoring technology. Marietta is the only NCAA Division III program in Ohio to provide this helmet to every player on the roster. Division I programs like Ohio State and Texas are also using these helmets.
August 14, 2017
Tom Miller / Grand Forks Herald

With rising concern of football-related brain injuries, two area Minnesota teams are testing out new helmet technology

Football teams at every level are starting practice this month and the topic of the sport's ties to brain injuries is a more prevalent subject than ever before. For the first time in this region, two area high school football teams are using new technology to combat those safety concerns. Stephen-Argyle and Clearbrook-Gonvick—Minnesota Section 8 9-man programs—are entering their first season utilizing Riddell InSite helmets, which feature a five-zone sensor in the liner of the helmet that measures a hit's impact severity and communicates statistics to a handheld monitor.
August 14, 2017
Josh Kendall / The Charlotte Observer

They’re custom and cool: 2 Gamecocks trying new helmets

It seems like everyone who is not playing football is talking about CTE, but for the people in the locker room it comes up a lot less often. “We live in the moment,” South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said. “Those things happen. You just have to be prepared for anything that happens. It’s not really something that comes up.” That doesn’t mean they’re not doing anything about it. Allen-Williams is one of two Gamecocks who will be wearing a custom-padded, prototype helmet from Riddell this year.
August 08, 2017
Roger Hamer / WOWT

New helmet technology will help metro schools monitor player hits

Football practice for area high school teams began in Nebraska Monday. Along with the new season comes some new equipment designed to give trainers and coaches assistance in helping determine how hard players are being struck in the head. Omaha Bryan High School decided to hold its first practice at midnight which was exciting enough for these players, but there was something new: “We're handing out those new helmets tomorrow morning,” said Bryan Head Coach Tyler Johnson. These helmets are designed to help coaches and trainers determine if a player could have a concussion.
August 08, 2017
Jim Varsallone / Miami Herald

Riddell football equipment program

Riddell kicked off season three of its Smarter Football program, inviting teams to apply for an equipment grant by demonstrating their commitment to advancing the game of football. Future Hall of Fame quarterback and Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning will join Riddell in reviewing this years applicants and selecting the winning teams. The Smarter Football program is a grassroots campaign that recognizes and rewards teams across the country for implementing smarter tactics on and off the field. About 1,700 football programs across North America, from the youth level all the way up to semi-pro, have applied for an equipment grant through the initiative in its first two seasons.
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