The latest football helmet technology is coming to Battle Ground

What makes the helmet unique? A scanning application captures a three-dimensional (3D) image of an athlete’s head to customize the helmet’s internal pad system for a custom fit. Players say the interior padding, designed to soften the impact of helmet-to-helmet contact, feels like memory foam.

On the outside, the helmet shell has several flexible panels that reduce the impact in the event of a collision. It also features intelligent sensing technology, which analyzes a player’s head impact exposure and tracks the data in real time. No local team has enabled this feature yet, but plan to do so in the near future.

Seton Catholic coach Dennis Herling keeps an eye on the latest in football safety and goes above and beyond to provide players with access to the best equipment possible. Not just because of his head coaching title, but also because of Herling’s personal experience as someone with seven documented concussions.

This offseason, Herling informed players’ families of the option of purchasing Axiom helmets or sticking with the program’s current models. Approximately 25% of players in the program wear Axioms.

The price to pay ? About $700, but they’re worth every dollar, Herling said.

“I’m at a place where it’s like, there’s nothing you can do to prevent it for me now,” the coach said. “This ship has sailed, but what I can do is help prevent it to the best of my ability as a coach. … It could really change the game and reduce the number of concussions.

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