DePaul Catholic off to fast start after changing practice sessions

When it comes to high school football in the state of New Jersey, DePaul Catholic is a household name. After a 3-0 start to the 2021 season, Coach Nick Campanile and the Spartans are poised to add more hardware to their trophy case, one that’s seen five state championships and a runner-up added since 2013. How did the Spartans prepare for this season under their first-year head coach?
“We use GameBreaker because it allows us to practice in a way that we’ve never been able to practice before,” Campanile said. “GameBreaker’s equipment has taken our safety to another level.”

GameBreaker Headgear Protected by D3O :: Tim Kirksey

Football is a physical game, and a big part of the role of Tim Kirksey, Head Coach at Westlake High School, is to ensure his players enjoy the game with the maximum amount of protection. Tim has partnered with GameBreaker and D3O to achieve this.

WRIC NEWS8 :: AS FLAG FOOTBALL GROWS, HELMETS GET PUT TO THE TEST

As many families get ready to kick off a new school year, it also marks the return of football across America — whether it’s pro, college, high school, or youth — and 8News is learning the future of football may have flags. Flag football is now the fastest-growing team sport in the country. More kids ages 6 to 12 are playing flag football than tackle football. A study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association found over the past three years flag football numbers have increased by 38% with more than 1.5 million kids nationwide in leagues across the country. Many see it as safer than the tackle version.

KRIS 6 NEWS :: A New ‘Soft Shell’ Helmet is Geared to Keep Athletes Safe

Last football season, King High School’s Head Football Coach, Eddie Hesseltine, was approached about a soft shell, cap-style helmet. He was intrigued, but not completely sold. Until one of his players, who had a history of concussions, hit his head on the field during a 7-on-7 tournament.
Hesseltine says he was worried that this player might have another concussion. Fortunately, that player was fine, but this gave Hesseltine the idea that even without full pads there needs to be more protection.

HOUSTON CHRONICLE :: SOFT-SHELL HELMETS DEBUT AT 7-ON-7 TOURNEY

Even a non-contact sport by definition could be safer. That was the Texas State 7-on-7 Organization’s thinking when it approved a soft-shell helmet requirement last January for the state tournament. This year’s state 7-on-7 tournament is the first in a 22-year history in which headgear is required.
No one is tackling in 7-on-7, but incidental contact remains a possibility. The state 7-on-7 board believes these efforts help. The soft-shell helmets just can’t be any helmet, either.

Spectrum News :: STAYING AHEAD WITH PLAYER SAFTEY DURING 7ON7

Player safety has become a focus in football over the past few years. Many modifications have been made for the game in pads, but there is also the game without pads, 7on7.
“If you’ve been in this long enough at the 7on7 level, you’ve witnessed a head injury, and I have,” said Westlake head coach Todd Dodge.