Local schools testing football helmets that wirelessly monitor impact
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Many schools nationwide are upgrading their football teams' helmets with impact sensors in an effort to lower the number of head injuries.
According to the company's website, the Riddell InSite Impact Response System is a helmet-based impact monitoring technology designed to alert coaches and trainers when significant single or multiple impacts are sustained during a football game or practice.
When a player is impacted, a five-zone sensor pad built inside the helmet determines the intensity.
InSite uses an advanced head impact exposure metric to analyze four main elements: location, duration, rotational acceleration and linear acceleration.
If the player sustains an impact or collection of impacts that go above a predetermined threshold, an alert is transmitted wirelessly from the helmet to the alert monitor, which the coaches and/or trainers possess.
The alert monitor informs sideline coaches and/or trainers of the impact be player number or name. The device will allow the input of the player's name, number, position and skills, as well as show single or multiple impacts sustained by the individual player over a seven-day period.
InSite is accompanied by a software that can be downloaded, allowing coaches and trainers to export the data as an Excel file for further analysis.
Dozens of Oklahoma schools are now using InSite to help reduce the risk of concussions in players, including Bartlesville High School, Blanchard High School, Cleveland High School, Collinsville High School, Cushing High School, Davenport High School, Depew High School, Dewar High School, Dickson High School, Eufaula High School, Holland Hall High School, Kiefer High School, Lincoln Christian School, McAlester High School, Metro Christian Academy, Oolagah High School, Seminole High School, Sequoyah High School, Skiatook High School, Tahlequah High School, The University of Tulsa, Union High School, Weleetka High School and Wilson High School.