MT. HOLLY, N.C. (WCBD) – A North Carolina high school’s football team now using smart technology inside helmets to track hits to the head.
The Riddell Insite football helmet has special sensors that track hits to the head and identifies where the contact happens in real time. That data is then tracked online.
Coaches and trainers at Mountain Island Charter High School will use that data to keep an eye on players.
“It gives us peace of mind knowing that they’re in the best helmet that we can put ’em in,” said the school’s athletic director, Matt Steger.
“There’s no price tag on safety for us,” said Head Coach Robert Washington. “It’s not really big on the price tag, it’s about putting our kids in the best situation, making sure they’re safe.”
The team reported several concussions on the field last season. They hope the new helmets help reduce the risk of injury.
Each Riddell Insite costs about $400.