Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hitting Their Stride

A couple of incoming Dartmouth football recruits showed up on the back cover of the Jersey Journal on back-to-back days for helping the St. Peter's Prep track team defend its county title and then win the state sectional for the first time. Featured were once-and-future teammates Dakari Falconer and Masaki Aerts.

Incoming running back Dakari Falconer
Incoming receiver Masaki Aerts
The Rockford (Michigan) High School football team will be employing one of the innovative Mobile Virtual Players developed at Dartmouth next fall thanks to the school's booster club. An MLive story featuring a video of graduated Rockford players tackling the MVP notes that the school is the first in western Michigan to adopt the technology.

The story begins this way:
Rockford’s Ralph Munger has been coaching high school varsity football for the past 36 years, so he has seen plenty of changes impact the game over the decades. 
Munger remembers when they would bring out blocking bags filled with sawdust for practices. Back then, he said he never dreamed that he would see the day when his players would be chasing a mobilized blocking dummy across the gridiron. 
But that day came Wednesday.
Enterprise, the business supplement of the Valley News, has a story about Riddell helmet technology developed by Simbex in Lebanon, which worked closely with the Dartmouth football program. (LINK)

From the story:
(T)he HIT System — for Head Impact Telemetry System— ... consists of film-thin microchip sensors placed on the inside of football helmets that measure the force of impacts to the head and relay the information to receiving equipment and computers where the data can be studied to assess the extent of the injury.
And this:
More than 600 athletic programs and organizations now employ the system, which has measured more than 5 million impacts since 2003, according to Riddell. The Dartmouth College football team was an early adopter: In 2005, 40 players used the helmets, which Dartmouth Medicine magazine described at the time as “mini mobile neuropsychology labs.”