Notre Dame of West Haven playing with safer football helmets

Sensors help detect impact of hits

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- Concussions will always be a part of football, but the Notre Dame high school football team of West Haven is hoping an addition to their helmets can make the game safer. This season the Green Knights will have sensors from Riddell called InSite.

Coach Tom Marcucci says they’re installed in 12 helmets for players who play on the offensive line, defensive line or other high impact positions, “it’s another safeguard, that’s how I look at it,” says Marcucci. “Our helmets are all the same, I think the misconception is that the helmet is different. The guys without the sensor, the helmet is the same. So we still rely on observation and the experience of the coaches. It’s just another tool to use to keep the game safer.”

The sensors will track the intensity of a hit to the head. The hits are registered to a device the trainers have notifying them of the severity of the hit. Senior Nico Ragaini welcomes the new addition, “now in the games you’ll be able to tell who’s getting hit too much and what we can do during practice to make sure everyone’s safe, which is how the game should be played, ” said Ragaini.

The Green Knights open the season September 9th at Bishop Hendricken of Rhode Island. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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