The Helmet That Alerts Coaches When Players Are Concussed

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Riddell has long been recognized for producing football products with the intention of making player protection the highest priority. With a line of new equipment and technologies that includes the SpeedFlex helmet, the InSite Impact Response System and RipKord shoulder pads, Riddell has helped make the sport of football safer for athletes at all levels.

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

Riddell’s products help:

  • Players to Avoid Concussions
  • Trainers and Coaches to Receive Signals When Players Are in Trouble
  • Players Limit Impact to the Head and Face
  • Make It Easier For Medical Staff to Remove Shoulder Pads



Since its introduction over 10 years ago, Riddell SRS has been used by major research institutions that are collecting data to help better protect players and inform important rule changes. The technology has been validated many times and serves as the basis for the well-publicized Virginia Tech Star Ratings of football helmets.


The Riddell InSite Impact Response System achieves that goal by providing teams with a helmet-based impact monitoring technology designed to alert coaches and trainers when significant impacts are sustained during football practices and games. InSite helps sideline staff detect atypical head impact exposures for football players based on their level of play and position using sensors in the helmet that send alerts to a handheld monitor. Team staff can also use InSite software to track player alert history and learn more about the impact exposure.


Riddell has collected data for more than 3 million impacts since it began monitoring in 2003. In 2015, more than 10,000 players used the InSite Impact Response System, which is available for roughly $150 per player. In addition to Riddell’s breakthrough sensor technology, it introduced is most innovative helmet to date in 2014, the Riddell SpeedFlex helmet, which was the first helmet designed with flexible shell technology.


Notably, the Flex System is engineered into the helmet’s shell, face mask and face mask attachment with hinge clips that help reduce the impact force transfer to the athlete. The Tru-Curve Liner System allows the helmet to conform to the contours of a player’s head, while the Composite Energy Management System absorbs impact energy. The All-Points Quick Release enables trainers to disengage the face mask with the simple press of a button. The Ratchet-Loc Retention System rethinks the chin strap, which helps players secure proper fit each time they strap up.


Again with the training and medical staff in mind, Riddell created the RipKord, a patented release mechanism strategically integrated into select Riddell shoulder pads that allow for quick and easy removal and access to the player.

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Dan Guttenplan is FNF Coaches senior managing editor. Do you have a thought about this article you would like to share? Send him an email at, tweet us @fnfcoaches or share it on the Coaches Chat Board.