New tech helps coaches monitor athletes' temperatures

By Emily Luxen

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - When the Hoover High football team takes on opponents this season, they'll be armed with new technology that could help keep players cool and safer.

Hothead Technologies in Atlanta developed small sensors that fit in football helmets. The sensors monitor the temperature inside the helmet. And when it reaches 102.5 degrees farenheit, coaches are notified on a handheld device. They check to make sure the player isn't overheating. All 85 players on the Hoover varsity team have the sensors in their helmets.

Coaches said the technology has worked well and it has given them peace of mind.

"It's another way to monitor kids," said Hoover's head trainer, Brandon Sheppard. "You have more information at your hands to make a better informed decision on players health."

Hoover coaches said they're always cautious while practicing in the heat, while making sure players have of water breaks. but this new tool is one more way to make sure everyone stays healthy.

"Here in the south, as hot as it is, in practice and during the game, we definitely want to keep up with kids as far as safety goes," said Coach Josh Niblett.

Currently Hoover is the only school in the Birmingham metro area to have such technology. The team will use it throughout this season.

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