In recent years the game of football has taken a lot of heat for being too dangerous. Concussions and head injuries have come an extremely common occurrence causing some parents to no longer allow their children to play. Looking to make the game less dangerous Arcadia High School in Phoenix Arizona has decided to partake in an experiment using concussion sensing helmets. Arcadia and Riddell are teaming up to stop concussions and lower the frequency of head injuries. Although they cost a little bit extra, these helmets could be the future of football. Chris Harris went out to Arcadia to find out about the revolutionary tools that could forever change the game of football. Arcadia head coach Lenny Abt and athletic trainer Emily Clarke are at the head of this experiment.
Six players were designated to wear the helmets including three offensive and three defensive players. Inside these helmets are wires and sensors that have a 5 zone sensor pad that measures impact. If a player sustains a measurable hit an alert will be seen on a hand held monitor. These monitors have personal information including the players name, jersey number, and position. It is not just the coaches and athletic trainers who are happy with these safe helmets. Arcadia long snapper Shane Williamson and quarterback Jake Sheedy both showed their comfort and pleasure to be wearing these amazing helmets talking about their understanding of safety risks that come along with football. Player safety is the most important thing and it is time for the football world to realize that. With the goal of spreading the use of these revolutionary helmets, Arcadia is embracing this opportunity. Salpointe Catholic is currently the only other school in Arizona to use the helmets but the trend had been set and should be picked up by others soon.