Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Storm and Arena Football have always found a different way to play the game. Now they've found a different way to detect injuries, specifically concussions, and they're the only professional sports league to do this.
All players are now wearing Brain Sentry concussion sensors on their helmets. The sensors detect when a player suffers an unusually rapid acceleration of the head and the device begins blinking red.
When that happens, the player is pulled from the game and evaluated for a head injury. The device can then be reset.
So far, players, coaches and trainers are pleased with the sensors.
Tampa Bay Storm players start using concussion sensors.
"One of the concerns we had was having some false positives," said Leigh Baker, the Storm head trainer. "It really hasn't been much of an issue. It takes a significant force to set them off, so they've really been pretty helpful. I think they're a great idea."
"You don't really think about it in the heat of the game," said Storm defensive back Rod Issac. "But when you're back on the sideline, you think about those kinds of things. You wonder how big that hit was, and they are able to track it if you need them to -- see how hard the hit was [and] see if anything was damaged or anything like that."
Studies showed that among high school and collegiate players 39% who suffered serious head injuries were already playing with a head injury.
The sensor would have detected that.