When more than 900 Omaha Public Schools football players hit the gridiron this fall, they’ll have a new piece of equipment: a high-tech helmet that officials hope will be another line of defense in the battle against head injuries.
Every OPS high school player — from freshmen to varsity starters — will be outfitted with new Riddell Speedflex helmets that could help coaches and athletic trainers monitor the severity of the hits suffered by student-athletes.
Each of OPS’s seven high schools is being provided 130 helmets. At a cost of $400 each, the price tag equals $364,000. OPS Superintendent Mark Evans said Susie Buffett’s Sherwood Foundation paid for the helmets.
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