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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.
August 08, 2017
Bob Padecky / The Press Democrat

Youth football team turns to technology for safety

Technology, if only described analytically, can be cold and formless, as inspiring as looking at the diagram that leads to an electrical outlet. Or, technology can be stuck inside a football helmet. Which can signal contact alerts. And that certainly is not cold and formless, given our growing concern with protecting a player’s melon. By his nature and occupation, John Antonio is preoccupied with safety. He’s a Petaluma policeman. He is also coach of the Petaluma Panthers, a youth football organization representing five teams determined by size and age. It is tackle football, not flag, and the Panthers play in a 10-team league composed mostly of Sonoma County teams. Last year Antonio came across some very specific technology. His response was immediate. “It’s a no-brainer,” said Antonio, also head football coach at Piner High School. This season 105 of his 170 players will be wearing Riddell’s Insite helmet. He would like the helmet on all 170 kids but at $280 a pop, Antonio needs a couple more fundraisers. It took $28,000 to get this far. Then again, the technology, even to those most tight of wallet, is intriguing.
August 08, 2017
Associated Press / The Washington Post

Peyton seeking football programs that advance the game

Peyton Manning is looking for football programs interested in advancing the game. The five-time MVP quarterback and now an ambassador for Riddell will review applicants for an equipment grant from the company through its Smarter Football initiative, now in its third year. Smarter Football is a grass-roots campaign that recognizes and rewards teams across the country for implementing smarter tactics on and off the field. Some 1,700 football programs across North America from the youth level up to semi-pro have applied for an equipment grant the past two seasons.
August 08, 2017
SGB Media

Riddell Extends Smarter Football 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 year’s 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.
August 08, 2017
Alex Alecci / KETV

Omaha Public Schools gets new high tech helmets

All seven Omaha Public High Schools have received 130 brand new smart helmets from a Sherwood Foundation donation. While the helmets won't cut down the risk of playing football, the helmets will provide an added layer of monitoring. "The student athletes don't have to do anything except for put the helmet on and go out to practice like they ordinarily would," Riddell business manager Devin Hamrick said. The helmets looked just like any other but the tech inside changes the game.
August 08, 2017
John Del Bianco / 247 Sports

Gamecocks at forefront of new helmet safety

Two South Carolina football players are some of the first in the nation to take the next step in football helmet safety. Riddell, a football equipment provider, made custom fit helmets for senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams and sophomore wide receiver Bryan Edwards to wear in practice and games this season. The helmet is a personalized version of the company’s SpeedFlex helmet, designed to be safer helmet in order to help prevent concussions.
July 26, 2017
Joe Lemire / Sport Techie

Buffett Family Charity Donates Riddell Helmet Tech To Omaha Schools

Every public high school football player in Omaha will wear an impact-tracking Riddell helmet this fall, thanks to a donation from a Buffett family charity. The gift to the city seven high schools included more than 900 Riddell Speedflex helmets equipped with its InSite Impact Response System — the same technology the University of Texas and other football programs are using — to help monitor the severity of on-field collisions. The helmets are embedded with five sensors that transmit alerts to a handheld device on the sideline when an impact or series of impacts exceeds a certain threshold. Though no helmet can diagnose or prevent a concussion, signaling such data to a trainer can precipitate a more careful evaluation.
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