Guardian Caps Help Making Football Safer


"Anything we can do to try to help the health of our kids obviously is a benefit," Purples head coach Kevin Wallace said.

The Bowling Green Purples went into this year's spring football practices as back-to-back state champions.

But maybe more important, they were selected to use a new technology designed to keep their players safer.

They were selected to use a new technology called guardian caps, which could be the future of football.

"Anything we can do to try to help the health of our kids obviously is a benefit," Purples head coach Kevin Wallace said.

In the last few years a big focus on all levels of football is concussions, how to prevent them or at least how to minimize their impact.

"I think all of us are far more aware of a young man's health, very aware of any type of concussion issue that rest is mandatory. We're going to listen to trainers, we're going to listen to doctors advice and make sure that because we all know that that second concussion is the one that can bring on permanent damage and we don't want to bring a young man back in to action too quickly," Wallace said.

What the Purples are doing this season to improve their players health is use new technology like guardian caps. They fit over the helmet like a protective bubble and what they do is reduce the force of impact of collisions by thirty three percent.

Purple's trainer Andrew Bolt goes into detail about how the caps actually work

"And they kind of work as a shock absorption padding that's kind of between the helmets and in theory the idea is kind of to absorb the initial impact that would be absorbed by your head and the helmet," Bolt said.

The decision to try them out was a no-brainer.

"When coach Wallace first contacted me about doing this for our school I couldn't say yes fast enough. I think it's a wonderful idea, especially at this level you've got some kids that are really highly trained and you have some kids that aren't and with something like that it minimizes the randomness of the injury," Bolt said.

So how are the players liking them?

At first they were unsure of what to think, but running back Blue Tisdale says he can tell the caps work.

"These are going to be embarrassing," he thought.

"I mean they were kind of annoying at first but after a while you can't even tell they're there. I mean there have been a few times in practice where I went head on and it wasn't as bad as it was," Tisdale said.

The Purples aren't the only teams using the caps.

The University of South Carolina has also been using them in their spring practices.


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