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An East Tennessee football team is using new technology to help protect players. Monday, the Greenback Cherokees tested new high tech helmets during a scrimmage game against Polk County High School.
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00:00 Denise -- football team is using new technology to help
00:03 reduce their risk of concussions. Tonight the greenback cherokees -- new
00:07 high tech helmets. During a scrimmage game against hope Tony high
00:10 school reporter Heidi Whitfield joins us to explain how these helmets
00:15 work. Camera about helmets looked just like any other helmets except
00:19 inside six of greenbacks there are sensors placed inside the pats.
00:23 So when a player get hit with sensors will track any
00:25 significant blows to the head. It keeps the team a step
00:28 ahead when it comes to concussions. On greenbacks Cooper feels bad.
00:50 Wins there's a significant impact the helmet it will Bob Brady
00:54 the trainer will actually. That would be able to get the
00:57 kid out and evaluated. Right -- took on their version of
01:01 the technology called insight. Sensors inside the -- are linked to
01:05 a hand held monitor that monitor records significant impacts to the
01:08 -- showing which player was involved. Where on the head and
01:12 the speed of collision. One of the kids it was a
01:14 way and it got hit in the head the sister went
01:16 off on the sidelines then our trainer was holding. Our trainer
01:20 at that point was able to pull the kids from scrimmage.
01:22 Quickly evaluating man -- give him back out. Athletic trainer was
01:27 -- memorial hospital keeps track collisions from the sidelines they along
01:31 with the private donor help fund the six helmets in total.
01:34 It cost about a thousand dollars. I'm excited about it because
01:37 it'll. Hill all the coaches whenever I have an impact to
01:42 the head that could potentially hurt me that I don't know
01:44 about so I feel a bit more protected about it. The
01:48 cloud will be wearing one of the six cents -- helmets
01:50 for the season and helping keep his parents at the. Think
01:53 it's a really good thing for high school sports. Give them
01:56 the knowledge in the data to really back what doctors are
02:00 failing to pay attention. It's a fresh new season for green
02:04 back and they hope. It'll also be safe this season yeah.
02:10 I also spoke with coach X later tonight and he said
02:12 the monitor -- go off one time during the scrimmage the
02:15 player must find the now they have that day -- during
02:18 future games. DREAM -- turkeys will be plane at this Friday
02:21 at the -- behind every effect you. Like Heidi thank you
02:25 a new study released today suggest -- tackling technique can help
02:29 fend off concussion. Keep an open. USA football line group that
02:35 governs the sport as teaching players to wrap their arms around
02:39 their opponent this instead of ramming with their heads. Doctors hope
02:43 this will make the sport safer but there is no data
02:46 showing whether the theory is actually sound however they do say
02:49 players. You've got concussions from blows to the topic ahead. Her
02:53 more likely to lose consciousness.