Football helmet safety: Schools react to our 13News Now Investigation

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by David Alan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 4:47 AM

Updated Thursday, May 15 at 5:52 PM

CURRITUCK CO., NC -- A recent 13News Now Investigation that identified high schools in South Hampton Roads using football helmets, which fall far short of Virginia Tech’s five-star rating system, was news to some school districts and parents.

Now, some districts are making changes and phasing out their low-rated two-star helmets and getting rid of their one-star helmets.

But no school district is taking Virginia Tech’s research more seriously than Currituck County.

Coach John Wheeler told 13News Now the difference between a low-rated one-star helmet and a five-star helmet is "like night and day."

So school officials are pulling all of the low-rated helmets used by student-athletes on the Currituck County High School football team last season and outfitting next year's varsity players in top-rated Riddell Revolution Speed helmets.

“We want to make sure we are giving our kids the best equipment available. We want to stay on top of the technology,” Coach Wheeler added.

LEARN MORE: Helmet tracker database for Hampton Roads' high schools

Coming up Thursday on 13News Now at 6, we'll tell you how the seven largest school districts in Hampton Roads are responding to our 13News Now Investigation: Football helmet safety. 

Click here for our 13News Now Investigation


 

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