MT. VERNON —
Another trend is the use of helmets with air pockets instead of padding. Every Mt. Vernon high school football player is equipped with an air helmet. The helmet creates a more customized fit with four different pockets that are inflated around the player's head. The idea is to create less slipping and movement when impact occurs. Although Hammond added the helmets themselves won't prevent a concussion, but the idea is to minimize the risk.
“Prevention for concussions is good neck strength and proper tackling,” Hammond said.
Mt. Vernon sports teams will gear up for fall sports season starting with practice and tryouts later this week, and odds are no matter the event Hammond will be at the sideline waiting to aid an athlete.