With the uptick in head injury awareness and management, impact sensing technology has taken center stage. On the forefront is Riddell.
Riddell has been measuring helmet impacts since 2003 with their Riddell Sideline Response System (also known as Head Impact Telemetry System or HITS) which collects a wide range of helmet-impact data utilized by researchers to improve the game of football. This real, on-field data has also informed the next generation of head impact sensing technology, Riddell InSite.
InSite is comprised of a high-tech hardware and software ecosystem, which informs the way coaches teach the game, while also providing an extra set of eyes on student athletes.
“In addition to being an alert and monitoring tool, Riddell InSite provides actionable information from the field that coaches can use to better prepare athletes for safer play,” says Devin Hamrick, Category Business Manager for Riddell IQ.
Specifically, Riddell InSite uses integrated technology to monitor and record significant head impacts sustained during a football game or practice. And with expanded functionality, InSite offers a more robust football data platform that coaches can proactively use to evaluate an athlete’s head impact exposure and practice habits.
InSite’s ‘smart’ technology helps identify coaching opportunities
Drawing from Riddell’s database of over 5 million impacts, InSite is able to compare player head impact data to past performance to help identify opportunities to improve technique and manage impacts. The player management software learns the habits of individual athletes to help coaches optimize their players’ performance and reduce unnecessary head impact exposure. Riddell is the only provider with over a decade’s worth of experience and first with a database this size.
“It all comes back to data collected from on-field practices and games, real-world situations. It’s broken down by level of play. Coaches aren’t researchers. They need actionable information they can understand. We are continually updating our technologies to give coaches’ objective information they might not otherwise be able to see, like what percentage of a player’s significant impacts are in certain zones or locations on the helmet. That’s football information. It creates what we refer to as ‘training opportunities’,” said Hamrick.
“InSite flags atypical behavior based on impacts and accounts for player technique by position and level of play,” says Hamrick. “For example, I recently worked with a coach looking at an impact profile for one lineman who was repeatedly using the top of his helmet. The information allowed the coach to investigate why the lineman is making hits with the top of his helmet and, ultimately, learn that player’s eyes were pointing down. The player is not going to be able to make a play looking down, so that demonstrates how learnings from InSite help coaches identify training opportunities.”
While Riddell InSite has already come a long way in a few short years, Riddell isn’t stopping there. Looking ahead, Riddell plans to evolve InSite to a web-based tool featuring expanded player impact profiles, practice planners, and increased functionality.