A rise in concussion awareness prompts one Tennessee Valley school to invest in high-tech equipment in hopes of helping young athletes avoid injuries.
The Danville High School Football team is tackling concussion concerns head on. The team invested in 110 high tech helmets for their junior varsity and varsity players.
The head gear has an interlocked padding as well as sensors inside, so when a player gets hit, the helmet sends a signal notifying coaches. The new technology tracks how many times a player gets hit, where they suffered the blow and if the impact could potentially cause a concussion.
“It’s a tool that gives us an automatic feedback if a player is not doing something correct for as far as their technique,” said Danville High School Football Head Coach Shannon McGregory.
McGregory told WAAY 31 that protecting his players is a priority. Danville is the only high school in the state with the specialty helmets. It’s a piece of equipment that few colleges provide to their student athletes.
Thanks to team boosters each player will be able to wear the $450 helmet during the upcoming football season.
“With everything that’s going on in the news especially with a lot of the professional players that are having a lot of brain trauma, I just feel like it’s good for us as coaches and it’s good for our kids to provide this for our players,” McGregory said.