Impact Indicator Warns Parents Of Concussions

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

A Heartland father wants to do everything he can to protect his son on the field.

It's 10-year-old Ben Furstenberg's first season ever to play football.

"I wanted to be my favorite football player's position. Andre Johnson, Wide Receiver."

But Ben didn't end up following in the footsteps of Andre Johnson. He landed another position instead.

Ben says, "We ran this 40-yard-dash and my coach told me that I should be running back. I was okay with that."

Ben's father, Cale loves going to his son's games, but he also knows, injuries can be easy to come by.

Cale says, "Growing up and over time, I've probably had seven or eight concussions."

That's why Cale decided to buy the Impact Indicator for his son.

It's a device made by Omaha company Battle Sports Science.

The chinstrap has a microchip that measures how hard a player is hit.

If the light goes from green to red, signaling a hard hit, it means the coach should take a closer look at the player.

Chris Circo, Battle Sports Science Founder says, "Kids are getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and specializing at younger ages so it's much more likely that a child through their young career might take an injury."

The Impact Indicator costs $150.

Ben's dad says, for him, it was worth it.

Cale says, "It just helped me feel better that I would know if something did happen."

In Ben's first season, the light never did turn red.

Ben says, "I like winning. I like playing as a team. It's just really fun playing football."

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