District 205 tests out technology in football helmets

Published: Aug. 11, 2016 at 6:19 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Kids playing football this year in any of the four Rockford Public high schools will hit the field with extra technology in their helmets.

Jefferson, East, Auburn and Guilford High Schools are participating in a pilot program for the 2016 football season.

The schools are testing out helmets with Riddell InSite technology.

The way it works is each helmet is outfitted with an impact response sensor, so when an impact occurs, if it exceeds a preset threshold, an alert is then sent to a synced hand held alert monitor.

The technology costs about $150 for each helmet but RPS schools are testing out the technology for free as a part of the pilot program.

"It's just an extra eye to make sure that our student athletes are receiving the best care and the most prompt attention this gives real time information to our sideline athletic trainers and coaches and staff and anything that we can do to provide the best technology rated helmets for our student athletes we are going to do that," says RPS Athletic Director Mathew Parker.

District 205 is the first in the Stateline to use this type of technology and they are also the 1st multi-high school district in the state to jump on board with InSite helmets.

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