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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.
July 24, 2017
Erin Duffy / Omaha-World Herald

Sherwood Foundation buys data-tracking helmets for every OPS high school football player

When more than 900 Omaha Public Schools football players hit the gridiron this fall, they’ll have a new piece of equipment: a high-tech helmet that officials hope will be another line of defense in the battle against head injuries. Every OPS high school player — from freshmen to varsity starters — will be outfitted with new Riddell Speedflex helmets that could help coaches and athletic trainers monitor the severity of the hits suffered by student-athletes.
July 24, 2017
Josh Planos / KETV

OPS high schools to add high-tech football helmets prior to season

All seven Omaha Public Schools high school football teams will be outfitted with Riddell Speedflex helmets, which are designed to monitor head-impact severity, prior to the upcoming season.
July 18, 2017
Tori Petry / Detroit Lions

Riddell facility tour: How a Lions helmet is made

Go behind the scenes at the Riddell facility in North Ridgeville, Ohio to see how a Lions helmet is made.
July 07, 2017
Sports Illustrated

Will Riddell's Precision-Fit helmet successfully combat brain injuries?

Thad Ide, senior vice president, research & product development of Riddell, Inc., demonstrates how custom helmets are made for football players.
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