Illinois helmet maker on the cutting edge of player safety

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SALEM, IL (KTVI) – From the football peewee leagues to the pros, player safety is paramount. A southern Illinois manufacturer is trying to develop the future of football safety.

Schutt Sports, based in Salem, Illinois calls itself the biggest helmet maker in the world. And this upcoming season, they'll be including impact sensors on their football helmets they manufacture.

The company makes helmets for several different sports and for players at all levels. And 32 NFL players in the Super Bowl were wearing Schutt helmets.

The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAAE) sets the standards for manufacturers like Schutt. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, NOCSAAE certifies equipment and helmets using a battery of rigorous testing.

Schutt is working on a $40 device which affixes to the back of a helmet and measures impacts for the day, week, and year. And while it can't prevent concussions it could change the way the game is played.