Petersburg uses high-tech helmets to prevent head injury

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Petersburg High School has new technology to better protect football players on the field. The school recently purchased six new high-tech helmets that can track blows, helping to prevent concussions and other head-injuries.

"The sensors track any significant blows to the head when a player is hit. The technology is called the Riddell Insite Impact Response System," said Josh Wallace, head football coach for the team.

The sensors are linked to a handheld monitor that records which player was hit, where the player was hit and the speed of the collision. If the collision exceeds a pre-determined threshold – the handheld monitor will alert the coach.

With each hit, a coach can go straight to the monitoring device to see how hard that impact to the player was, and whether he needs to come here to the sidelines.

"If a player falls down or takes a big hit and nobody was able to see it," said Wallace. "Now, we're able to know, hey this player took a big hit so it's kind of extra eyes on the field for us!"

This device has been preprogrammed to measure the intensity of the impacts. It also saves that information, tracking the hits each player is taking.

"It's another layer in our safety precautions for our players," said Wallace.

Players say the helmet feels the same, maybe even lighter! They admit, a computer may be better at assessing how dangerous a football hit is. "They know like how hard you actually getting," said Jemonta Jackson, senior running back and free safety. "It's like a monitor. And then I don't know how hard because I really can't feel it."

Petersburg High School paid $2500 for the six helmets and all of the technology. For reference, the school spends about $250 on a regular helmet

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