Whether she sees it or not, athletic trainer Chelsea Pounds now knows about every hit the Crescent High School Tigers take on the football field.
"I have two eyeballs and again, we have 47 helmets. I may not see, I may be working with another athlete and not see that hit and so they can't say they weren't hit because this is going to alert me," said Pounds.
Riddell's Insite Training Tool is now installed in every helmet the Tigers wear. Coach Sheldon Evans said the technology connects sensors in each helmet to a remote and alerts that handheld device any time a players helmet takes a hit.
"Every player has his own serial code it matches the helmet so when it goes off she knows exactly which player to go to and check on so you get immediate response instead of somebody just trying to spot check or see if a kid gets up and he stumbles or he's dizzy you have the chance to miss that," said Sheldon.
It's a safety feature that coaches, trainers and Superintendent Kathy Hipp said changes the game here in Anderson School District 3.
"We believe in the whole child to truly educate a child you've got to meet every need, you've got to find something that motivates and we know extracurricular's do that. What happens on the football field carries into the academic classroom so it's all a piece of it," said Superintendent Hipp.
The device doesn't show how hard the hit is immediately, but Pounds said they can see that when it's hooked up to a computer. She said she and Coach Evans are considering having a computer out on the sidelines during games so they can go in and see the impact of some of the hits that register if they need too.
"We can see if that kid is leading with their head so it helps prevent neck injuries because they can work on making them tackle correctly," said Pounds.
While it can't necessarily stop all injuries from happening, Coach Evans said the new technology puts Crescent one step ahead of the game when it comes to protecting players.
"It's just an assurance factor. It makes me feel better that i know that these kids are getting the best possible care that they possibly can right now with the technology right now," said Evans.
Superintendent Hipp said it costs about an additional $100 to outfit each helmet with the technology and she's so thankful the school board supported the decision.
The district paid for the new helmets, which Hipp said needed to be replaced anyway, using extra money that came in from the Anderson County penny sales tax.
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