Insite system gets game action

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: September 26, 2014 - 11:23 PM

When Shawnee Mission South took the field last Friday, they did so with a new dimension in their player protection arsenal. In partnership with McCarthy Auto Group and Riddell, PrepsKC selected Shawnee Mission South as one of five schools to monitor players’ head impact exposure using the Riddell InSite Impact Response System. South took the lead early against Olathe East, but two second quarter touchdowns proved too much for South as they lost 14-6.

Despite the loss, South Head Coach Ryan Lonergan was positive about the team’s new addition to their protective headgear.

“We had six InSite systems installed last week and had a chance to use them during our game last Friday,” Lonergan said. “It was comforting to know that we could keep our eye on the kids that we were alerted to that took a hard hit to their head,” said Coach Lonergan. Riddell InSite is a football helmet-based sensor technology that alerts sideline staff when a player experiences a significant single impact or multiple impacts during a game or practice.

“We had one player with three alerts during the game and were able to check in with him to make sure he was feeling fine throughout the game. We also checked up on him the following morning. He was feeling fine. No other player’s helmets set off the alert.”

InSite brings a unique vantage point to the sideline staff at the time of contact and alerts team staff of a potential player issue. Upon receiving an alert to the handheld monitor, team staff should follow their usual player assessment protocol, which is exactly what the folks from South did.

InSite can also be a valuable tool in helping identify players that may be using their head too much in play.

“We were able to go back and talk with the young man with the alerts and work with him on his technique to take his head out of so much contact,” Lonergan said. “We found that he was putting his head down when taking on a blitzing linebacker and taking a big hit to the top of his head. We’ve made him aware of the poor technique and hopefully it will lead to his improved technique and safety.”

Coach Lonergan and the South team are gaining key insights that will help better protect their players while helping to keep them on the field and performing this season. Check back next week as we profile another area school using InSite this season.