Saskatoon Minor Football outfits helmets with concussion sensors
Saskatoon Minor Football is outfitting 80 helmets with concussion sensors, in an effort to protect players against head injuries.
The sensors measure how hard players are hit. If the hit is particularly forceful an alarm goes off on a cell phone and a team physiotherapist or coach can decide if a player should be checked out.
The devices are useful in game situations and during practice sessions.
"If that sensor is going off a lot in a drill it serves as a tool to educate our coaches," Saskatoon Minor Football Commissioner Brian Guebert, said. "Maybe that drill isn't the best tool for teaching what we're trying to accomplish."
Guebert also hopes to share the data collected with researchers.
Parent Dory Duncan likes the idea.
"Lots of kids tend to get concussions and they won't say anything because they don't want to sit on the bench, or they don't want to let their teammates down or whatever," Duncan said. "So if [the alarm] is sent to the coach or whatever, he knows to watch."
Guebert says every bit of information is useful to ensure the safety of players.
"Part of it was just being proactive on safety," he said. "I think we as a league have been really forward thinking in that we want to gain as much information as possible."