New technology helps protect football players

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 08/14 2014 06:53AM

Updated 08/14 2014 07:05AM

A Tennessee Football Team is using new technology to help protect players.

Special sensors in the helmet track significant blows to the head.

Heidi Wigdahl has more on how it's keeping the team a step ahead when it comes to concussions.

Quarterback, Samuel McCloud, is gearing up for his senior year of high school football.

"My freshman year I did experience a concussion in practice," said McCloud.

That gear includes a new high tech helmet that tracks blows to the head.

"When there's a significant impact to the helmet, it'll vibrate," said Jason Hicks, the Head Football Coach. "The trainer at that point will be able to get the kid out and evaluate him."

Riddell took on their version of the Technology, called "Insite."

Sensors inside the helmet are linked to a handheld monitor.

That monitor records significant impacts to the head, showing which player was involved, where on the head, and the speed of the collision.

"One of the kids who was wearing it got hit in the head," said Hicks. "The sensor went off on the sidelines that our trainer was holding. Our trainer was then able to pull the kid from the scrimmage, quickly evaluate him and get him back out."

An athletic trainer keeps track of collisions from the sidelines.

"I'm excited about it because it'll tell all the coaches whenever I have an impact to the head that could potentially hurt me and I don't know about," said McCloud. "So I feel a little bit more protected."

McCloud will be wearing one of the six sensored helmets for the seasons, and helping keep his parents at ease.

"I really think it's a good thing for high school sports to really give the data to back-up what doctors are telling head coaches," said McCloud's dad, Wayne.

It's a fresh new season for Greenback and they also hope it'll be their safest.

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