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All-Star Football Teams To Use Concussion Prevention Device

Indiana high school all-star teams are using a concussion preventive device that indicates when a player needs to be removed from a game.

Helmet with Brain Sentry

Photo: Jimmy Jenkins

Brain Sentrys are attached to player's helmets to assess the force and pressure onto the players.

Football players from high schools around the state are using a new concussion preventive device during the All Star game.

“This is one of our high school helmets, one of the helmets that the guys use in the game,” says Jake Gilbert, the head coach of the Indiana’s high school South all-star team, as he holds a gold football helmet and points to a white strip about four inches long and one inch wide that’s attached to the back of the helmet. “This is the Brain Sentry, which is basically a helmet sensor that senses certain amount of force that kid would take during a hit in football, says Gilbert.

If the hit is minor, the device does nothing. But if it is strong enough to cause a concussion, a red light flashes—alerting coaches that the player might need to be pulled off the field and checked for concussive symptoms.

“If player doesn’t want to come out or if a player thinks, ‘I’m fine’ but it was a big hit and the coach didn’t see it happened, this is another set of eyes so that coaches can do everything in their power to keep players safe,” Gilbert says.

Close to 100 football players on the North and South all-star teams have been practicing with the sensors on prior to the game tomorrow.

The Grange Insurance Indiana all-star game will be held at the North Central High School at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Jimmy Jenkins contributed to this story.

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