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August 27, 2016
Shaun Ryan

High-Tech Helmets: Flagler teams tackle new filed of helmet safety

When Flagler County’s two high school football teams met on the gridiron Friday night, they renewed their cross-county rivalry with greater safety than in years past. That’s because new helmet-based impact technology is improving prevention and treatment of high school football concussions. The Riddell InSite Impact Response System alerts coaches and athletic trainers on the sidelines when a player takes a significant hit.
August 26, 2016
Bryon Hetzler

High-Tech Helmets Hope to Improve Player Safety

Football-related concussions have been a focus in the national media and other circles in recent years, partly due to how former NFL players have been impacted later in life. It’s a big concern in football at the high school level as well. Carbondale and Harrisburg are two local schools which now have Riddell’s InSite helmets, which have impact response technology in them. The new helmets should be a valuable tool keeping players safer when it comes to head injuries.
August 26, 2016
John Pierson

Notre Dame of West Haven Playing with Safer Football Helmets

Concussions will always be a part of football, but the Notre Dame high school football team of West Haven is hoping an addition to their helmets can make the game safer. This season the Green Knights will have sensors from Riddell called InSite. Coach Tom Marcucci says they’re installed in 12 helmets for players who play on the offensive line, defensive line or other high impact positions, “it’s another safeguard, that’s how I look at it,” says Marcucci. “Our helmets are all the same, I think the misconception is that the helmet is different. The guys without the sensor, the helmet is the same. So we still rely on observation and the experience of the coaches. It’s just another tool to use to keep the game safer.”
August 26, 2016
Jessica Starbard

Huntington North Football Using Technology to Make the Game Safer

The Huntington North football program is on the cutting edge of new technology designed to make football safer. This year the Vikings spent $5,400 installing Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System into 36 of their helmets. Huntington North is the first high school in Northeast Indiana to use this technology.
August 26, 2016
Joe Morelli

Riddell InSite Impact Response System another way to help identify concussions

A few area CIAC schools have purchased Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System to provide another way to quickly identify potential concussions. The company Riddell, which designs and develops football helmets and other protective sports equipment, calls itself “a recognized leader in helmet technology and innovation.” This five-zone sensor pad installed into the liner of the helmet measures the severity of impact to the helmet.
August 24, 2016
Josh Barnett

New Jersey schools to have first of its kind no-tackle scrimmage

Blair Academy in New Jersey has long had a policy of no tackling in practice. With a small roster that’s hovered around 35 players on the varsity and junior varsity combined, the school couldn’t afford to lose players to injury. To further protect the players Blair also has invested in Riddell InSite helmets with sensors to help record the frequency and severity of hits. The helmets don’t prevent concussions, but they do help the coaches know if a player has been hit hard or if a player needs to use better technique when delivering hits.
August 24, 2016
Ryan Mahan

Springfield High football program uses technology to monitor head hits

Nine Springfield High School football players will be equipped with the InSite Impact Response System, designed by Riddell for use in the Riddell’s Speed helmets. So far, Head Coach Roy Gully said none of the nine helmet sensors have detected a large hit during the preseason practices.
August 19, 2016
Alexandra Corey

High schools using football helmet sensors

Some big changes are coming to high school football this season. The football players on more than a dozen local teams will be wearing a new piece of technology. One local team made the switch last season as a result of a NewsChannel 5 On Your Side investigates report on helmet safety. Freeburg Head Coach Ronnie Stuart says he’s looking forward to using the Riddell InSite helmet sensors for the first time this season. Columbia High School is going into its second season with the sensors. They were the first school to start using them. Now they’re one of 15 area high schools that have joined the growing trend of safety on the football field. All the players at Columbia High School have the sensors in their helmets.
August 18, 2016
Samuel Berger

49ers Help Reward Grants to Youth Football Programs

The San Francisco 49ers recently teamed up with USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, to hand out grants to several youth football teams in the San Francisco area. The grants, which were for uniforms and safety equipment, were granted to select youth and scholastic football programs based on need and merit. These grants from USA Football, which are given to increase the benefits and fun of playing football for all ages, are provided with help from its equipment partner, Riddell, and its uniform provider, Siege Sports, as well as support from the NFL Foundation.
August 18, 2016
Rob Malcom

New Tech for HS Football Helmets Aim to Avoid Concussions

Players on the JV and varsity teams at Cordova High School will be wearing high-tech football helmets, embedded with impact monitoring technology. It’s a welcome addition to the team. This new helmet could change the rules of the game and also ease concerns. If a player receives a hard hit on the football field, the helmet sends a message to the sidelines and to the coaches. From there, that player will be evaluated and coaches say without the new technology players would be self-evaluating themselves. The technology from Riddell triggers an alert when an impact passes a pre-determined threshold. Cordova High School is the first in the nation to outfit an entire team, all thanks to an $180,000 grant from the city.
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