An initiative from Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel after the National Institutes of Health awarded a grant to study concussions led to the installation of the Helmet Impact Telemetry System (HITS) technology to measure and record helmet impacts during practices and games. NBC Nightly News dispatched a broadcast crew to Statesboro to cover the story on the adoption of this technology as Georgia Southern is the only collegiate football program in the state of Georgia to use HITS. The feature was aired this past Sunday.
NBC Nightly News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez and producer Leo Juarez and their crew were on campus, filming practice and conducting interviews with Dr. Keel, Coach Jeff Monken and others which provided Gutierrez and Juarez with details on how HITS works with immediate notification to the athletics trainers.
Forty Riddell helmets will be equipped with the sensors and the HITS inserts wirelessly transmit information in real time to a laptop with monitoring software. More than 20 Eagles began wearing the inserts in their helmets when Georgia Southern’s preseason camp started August 1st to prepare for the first full-contact practice.