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August 17, 2016
Greg Seubert

Area Schools Have Full-time Athletic Trainers

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
Mark Demsky

Football Helmet Technology in Use at Local Schools

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
Scott Leber

District 205 Adds High Tech Helmets

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
Sabrina Bennett

District 205 tests out technology in football helmets

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
Michael Dann

Prep Football: Major Impact

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
Randy Ruef

Rockford schools take advantage of new football helmet technology

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.
August 11, 2016
TJ Weber

Pittsfield High School Football Team Gets Helmet Sensors

The Pittsfield High School football team is preparing for their upcoming season, but not just with offensive plays and defensive schemes. The team recently added Riddell InSite helmet sensors to help with concussion protocol. The sensor is located in the top of helmet. Once it's activated it is then paired with a handheld device that the trainer holds onto.
July 27, 2016
Rebecca Schleicher

Siegel Tests Safety Sensors In Football Helmets

Siegel High School has the first football team in Middle Tennessee testing out sensors in their players' helmets to try to prevent players from going back into the game with a head injury.Because of that Siegel High School senior linebacker and co-captain Dalton Frantz welcomes his football team's new helmets. "It's one of the best helmets I've ever put on my head," he said. After taking hit after hit he says the new Riddell InSite System sensors can keep his trainer in the loop if he or his teammates take one hit too hard.
July 27, 2016
Kyle Neddenriep

How one Indy school is protecting its players from head injuries

For the first time, Brebeuf has outfitted all of its players with the Riddell InSite Impact Response system. Each helmet is fitted with a five-zone sensor pad inside the liner that measures the severity of impact on hits to the helmet. When an impact or series of impacts exceeds a pre-determined threshold, Miller – or any trainer at a school using the system – receives an alert.
July 26, 2016
Tom Kreager

Siegel among first schools with sensors in helmets monitoring hits

A season after one of its players sustained a severe head trauma, Siegel's football team will start this year as the first high school program in Middle Tennessee to use technology from Riddell to help monitor how much head impact its players sustain in practices and games. Siegel recently began using Riddell's InSite Response System, which monitors contact to the head. The technology includes multiple sensors that are inserted in a helmet. Those sensors give alerts when significant hits to the helmet are sustained.There are 18 high schools across the state that use the Riddell system and two college teams — Bethel and Cumberland — according to information from Riddell.
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