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Innovation could change youth football Published: October 10, 2013

Concussions have become a hot topic in sports today, especially with football. These brain injuries cause serious short-term and long-term damage, so teams and leagues are taking safety precautions to prevent concussions and be more informed about this issue, according to

The site reports Reebok has also developed a skullcap that has a unique sensor to determine the amount of impact on a player's head. Named the "Checklight," this smart cap uses a light system that indicates the severity of the hit.

There is a light panel on the side as well as another that hangs in the back that flashes a yellow light for a moderate hit and a red light for a severe hit. The cap can fit inside the players' helmet and the light along the back is visual so that other players and athletic staff can see that it is on and possibly pull the player out of the game. It does this by measuring the G-force of a hit using an accelerometer. While the device does not diagnose or prevent a concussion, it does provide some indication on the amount of impact being taken on by an athlete and tracks each one, reports.

H/T: Yahoo!
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