INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – 92 high school football players participating in the 2014 Indiana high school football all-star game are testing out new technology to help identify sports-related brain injuries or concussions.
The players gathered on Saturday at the University of Indianapolis to put the brain sensors on their helmets. The brain sensors were created by a company in Bethesda, Maryland and can help identify concussions.
“Our device will simply indicate via a red light that the player has taken that significant hit. A coach or trainer can pull that player to the sideline, administer their standard concussion protocol and determined if that player should be removed from play or safe to return to play,” said Mark Jacobs with Brain Sentry.
One football coach says Indiana is ahead of the curve when it comes to guarding against concussions.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep football as safe as possible. Brain sensory is kind of another step in that direction. Basically, it just gives us another set of eyes on the field,” said Westfield High School head football coach Jake Gilbert
In May, I-Team 8’s chief investigative reporter Karen Hensel’s investigation found there is still no standard for the helmets worn by kids who play football.
Players will continue practicing with the brain sensor helmets Monday through Thursday. They will also wear the helmets during the all-star game on Friday at 7 p.m. at North Central High School in Indianapolis.