New football helmet technology will help schools monitor player hits

Published: Aug. 10, 2017 at 1:32 AM CDT
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High school football practice is now underway in Iowa. One concern for many parents, players and coaches is concussions.

Some schools are using technology to determine how hard players are getting hit in the head. That includes a few schools in the Omaha, Nebraska area.

They're using Riddell Speed Flex Insight Helmets. They have five sensors inside that work in real time, and measure the force of a hit, which is processed by a computer.

"You can monitor it during games as well. We'll have our kind of sideline pager on during the game and this is set up so that an alarm will go off if a hit is registered above the 95th percentile or if a group of hits registers to that certain level over a period of time," said Bill Kleber, an athletic trainer.

The helmet won't prevent a concussion, but it helps trainers and coaches determine how a player suffered one.