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Cardinal helmets to have monitoring system

Computer system will monitor impacts to head
May 01, 2018

ELDON — The Cardinal High School football program has taken a step toward improving player safety with a device that monitors players’ heads.

The smart helmet technology comes from Riddell’s InSite Training Tool.

“ITT is Riddell’s latest innovation in head impact monitoring technology and will now offer the Comets the unique opportunity to use a sabermetric approach to athlete protection,” stated a press release from the school district.

Riddell’s ITT technology is a web-based data center that builds player impact profiles, rich with information, that staff can use to identify opportunities. These then can be used to proactively influence player behavior and reduce exposure to impacts through improved training techniques and practice plans.

“Now, more than ever, it’s our responsibility as football coaches, trainers and administrators, that we embrace new technological advances that enable us to proactively protect our athletes, making sure they can continue to enjoy the game of football,” said Chris Becker, Cardinal High School athletic director. “Having the support of our board of education and superintendent was monumental in our purchase of Riddell’s InSite Training Tool, and with that we are following through on our commitment, offering our staff and players real and useful data that we believe will continue to make the game smarter.”

Superintendent Joel Pedersen added, “This is a huge win for our community and student athletes and is important to us as administrators that we continue to improve the on-field safety in football and other school sports at Cardinal Middle-Senior High.”

ITT is backed by millions of on-field impacts dating back to 2003. It uses InSite-equipped smart helmets to not only monitor and alert the sideline to significant impacts, but also to collect, consolidate and analyze nearly every head impact to learn and track specific behaviors by player, unit or team.

“As football evolves toward a smarter, more intelligent game, ITT provides next-level intelligence that can assist coaches and staffs in improving the game, keeping Cardinal High School athletes’ protection their No. 1 priority,” stated the press release.

The Comets’ football program will begin using the new ITT impact management program during its upcoming fall season.

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