Helmet’s protecting more than just your head…

While browsing ABC’s Science and Tech Index, I came across another rather unusual way that technology is changing football players’ lives – for the good. A technology has been developed, specifically for helmets, that detects when a player has over heated.

Back a few years ago, in 2001 to be exact, Korey Stringer died from complications brought on by heat stroke during practice. Stringer was an offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, a professional football team. Had this technology been around then, he could have avoided the heat stroke.

Mark this technology as the first for athletes to track their health while they are playing. With today’s high level of competitiveness and athletes only pushing themselves harder and faster, health risks are only going to increase. Professional sports in the U.S. has to be one of the richest businesses to be in – it seems only right that the players are protected.

This story did bring back memories of high school football. I played quarterback, and I remember when a helmet was just a helmet. Now they are going to have this technology, they already have microphones in them – and who knows what’s next. Had I found out about this a while back, I would have tried to talk to the Towson football team to see if they were doing anything with their helmets and would have considered it for a module if I found out something interesting.

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