Will Monitoring Head Impact Exposure Solve the Problem? A New Documentary Featuring the Shockbox Helmet Impact Sensor has Solutions to the Concussion Issues in Football

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While monitoring will not eliminate brain injuries altogether, the benefits of early identification and prevention of further injury are numerous and real-time monitoring of head impact exposure is exactly what one high school in Oklahoma is doing with the Shockbox sensor developed by Impakt Protective.

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Aligning with the film maker MomsTeam just made sense for Shockbox, says Crossman.

Head injuries in youth and high school football pose daunting challenges; ones that sensational media coverage has many parents believing are insurmountable. Add in a culture resistant to change, too many coaches still teaching players to block and tackle using their heads, players unwilling to report concussions, and a sport in which, despite new laws, new technology and new tests, concussion identification and management remains haphazard, and parents are left wondering what can be done to improve safety.

Now, with Youth Sports Safety Month beginning, comes The Smartest Team™, an hour-long documentary designed to help football programs and athletes play safer and smarter.

Produced and directed by visionary youth sports parenting expert and author, Brooke de Lench, and drawing on her experience as a parent of a concussed high school football and lacrosse player and as the founder and publisher of MomsTEAM.com®, the acknowledged “pioneer” in youth sports concussion education, The Smartest Team documents how de Lench worked with a high school in rural Oklahoma to address the challenges concussions pose in football.

The Smartest Team begins where other concussion documentaries leave off, not simply identifying the risks of long-term brain injury in football but offering youth and high school programs across the country specific ways to minimize those risks, through a focus on what de Lench calls the “Six Pillars™” of a comprehensive concussion risk management program.

Through candid interviews of parents, players, the Newcastle High athletic trainer and team doctor, equipment manufacturers, and leading concussion experts, The Smartest Team acknowledges the serious challenge concussions pose while showing in easy-to-understand terms how high school football programs can improve player safety.

Narrated by two-time Super Bowl winner and Big Ten Network announcer, Howard Griffith, The Smartest Team features a number of leading experts on head injuries.

Danny Crossman, CEO of Impakt Protective, the developers of the Shockbox Helmet Impact Sensor has been is featured in the film. "The sensor provides team medical staff with an immediate reference point to begin preventative measures in the form of coaching correction, reduced exposure levels, game time recovery and potential concussion assessment. Aligning with the film maker MomsTeam just made sense for Shockbox," says Crossman.

CEO/Publisher Brooke de Lench says "MomsTeam is excited to be partnering with Impakt to spread the word about the Shockbox Helmet Impakt Sensor and to award them the MomsTeam Seal of Approval. It essentially gives parents, trainers, coaches and team doctors a set of electronic eyes with which to watch out for concussions that might otherwise go undetected. This is either because the signs were too subtle to be seen by officials, coaches, athletic trainers, team doctors or parents on the sports sideline, or because the player, out of a desire to stay in the game, failed to report experiencing concussion symptoms such as headache or dizziness that warrant, at the very least, further evaluation," said de Lench. “This revolutionary sensor is a natural alignment with what we are trying to do and as illustrated in the documentary, has proven to be an essential tool in the fight against the concussion issues in football across the country.”

About MomsTEAM.com

Now in its thirteenth year, MomsTeam.com® is the premier online youth sports parenting information gateway for America’s 90 million sports parents. The site currently offers over 10,000 pages of continually updated health and safety, parenting, nutrition and sports information and news, forums, blogs, and advice from a team of leading experts, veteran sport parents, and Olympic athletes. Good Housekeeping magazine selected MomsTEAM as one of the top three websites for sports parents.

MomsTeam.com’s Concussion Center has been recognized as the pioneer in youth sports concussion education, and is widely regarded as being one of the most – if not the most – comprehensive resources for concussion information on the Internet.

MomsTEAM was recently selected as a content provider to the National Football League's health and safety website, NFL Evolution.com.

About Impakt Protective Inc.

Incorporated in 2010, Impakt is a privately owned high‐tech sensor company located in Ottawa, Canada and the creation of Danny Crossman and Scott Clark. Danny Crossman, a former Army bomb disposal officer and Business Development executive, led the development of numerous life‐saving technologies such as the bomb suit, featured in the movie The Hurt Locker; Advanced Combat Helmet impact pads; roadside bomb jammers used by the USMC and recently the Helmet Impact Sensors used by US Army and USMC to monitor mTBI in deployed soldiers and marines. Scott Clark is an active hockey player, coach as well as hockey Dad, and a former software high tech executive with experience in Program Management, Business Intelligence and Operations.

DVDs of The Smartest Team™ are available for purchase on Amazon.com

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