Mill Valley getting better with Riddell InSite

By Morgan Hellwig Ridell Marketing & Communications
Posted: October 28, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Mill Valley has been struggling this season after suffering four consecutive losses.. However, don’t rule the Jaguars out just yet as they have been making strides in a number of ways on and off the field.

The Jaguars have taken the smarter approach to football this season by including Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System in select players’ helmets. Each player with an InSite equipped helmet features a five-zone sensor pad, which communicates with a handheld monitor that alert the sideline to atypical head impact exposures based on the player’s level of play and position. Mill Valley is a part of the larger athlete health and safety initiative sponsored by the McCarthy Auto Group and PrepsKC, which includes four other area high schools who received Riddell InSite. 

This is Coach Joel Applebee’s first season using Riddell’s InSite technology with his football program. Over the last few weeks, he has been able to experience the benefits of implementing this type of system into the football program. Coach Applebee shared his experience on how he uses it as a teaching tool for his players.

“We like the system and the feedback it gives us,” Applebee said. “We use the feedback to ensure the safety of our players and to adjust anything we feel would help with the safety of our players.”

Most young athletes are highly motivated to stay in the game to make plays for their team. By combining expert advice from trainers as well as smart technology you are giving your players tools to learn and grow on the field by giving them feedback.

“The players like the feedback as well,” Applebee said. “They are very invested and want to stay on the field. The feedback allows them to make sure they are doing things correctly and in the safest way possible.”

The decision by the school to utilize Riddell’s InSite Impact Response System is a prime example of taking a proactive approach to making football a better, safer and smarter sport. It helps coaches identify players that need to modify technique due to repeated alerts and reduce the potential for undiagnosed injuries by providing sideline staff with actionable information.

Mill Valley should be commended for their efforts to help ensure player safety and for joining the several other programs in the greater Kansas City area in the smarter football movement.