Daily Archives: August 13, 2009

Lacrosse Injuries: New Helmet Technology From Xenith Can Help Reduce Severity Of Concussions

Too often, Friday night football can lead to Saturday morning concussion. In fact, 35,000 players go to hospital with head injuries each season.

Now, a new company has created a football helmet that promises to change that.

xenith-x1 helmet reduces concussionsCoach Hank Semler is about to pull off two firsts. The first is fielding a football team at the brand new North Forney High School.

The second, is doing it in a new kind of football helmet.

“It’s not very often that you get to start a program from scratch,” he said. “We bought 250 [helmets],” The Xenith X-1 promises to significantly reduce head injuries.

“We have to take care of our children and make sure they’re always going to be our top priority,” Semler said.

The idea behind the new helmet was born from a medicine cabinet. The company’s founder picked up a nasal saline bottle and noticed it absorbed a soft squeeze and hard squeeze equally well – perfect qualities for a football helmet.

Dan Cornwall is a Xenith sales representative.

He says inside the helmet is a bonnet that cinches snugly to the head, covered in black air discs.

It’s designed to absorb the shock of a hit and spread it out.

Quarterback Stephen Buckley is a fan of his Xenith helmet, on sale after 5-years of research and marketing. 

He likes the way the Xenith absorbs the impact of a hard hit.

“It’s a lot less painful than a normal helmet that I’ve had before,” he said.

Ken Locker is the director of athletic training at Texas Health Dallas and treats concussions.

“They’re not able to learn as well. They can’t concentrate, and so lots of times they’ll drop out of high school,” he said of victims of concussion.

Trinity Christian wide receiver Evan Clayton suffered a concussion during spring practice.

A brain test showed when he’d fully recovered, and was ready to play again.

“I couldn’t remember the plays we’d just run. I couldn’t remember what I had done that day – school-wise, interacting with friends. I just couldn’t remember anything,” Clayton said.

Locker’s seen helmets evolve since his days as a trainer for the Dallas Cowboys and applauds Xenith’s innovation but says current research shows helmets cannot prevent concussion, only reduce their severity.

“I think you need to have it tested in the field. You can test it in a laboratory, but the hits you get on the field are different. So, let’s see what the season brings,” said Locker.

When it comes to wins and losses, North Forney’s inaugural season may not bring much victory.

But coach Semler believes by sending his team on the field with Xenith helmets – they’ve already won.

“We like to think so,” Semler said.


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Northern California Youth Lacrosse: Petaluma River Cats’ Youth Lacrosse Sends Five Players To Play For U.S. U-12 Team At Canada Day Indoor Lacrosse Tournament

Petaluma players Tommy Buickerwood, Kyle Gomez-Flowers, Spencer Almy, Matt Salazar and Max Bechtel

Petaluma players Tommy Buickerwood, Kyle Gomez-Flowers, Spencer Almy, Matt Salazar and Max Bechtel were members of a 12 and under U.S. team that participated in the Canada Day Indoor Lacrosse Tournament in Calgary. Photo by Heidi Fowler

(From Petaluma360.com Article) Five players from the Petaluma River Cats’ youth program were key members of a California lacrosse team that showed the Canadians that the sport is well-played by their southern neighbors.

Max Bechtel, Tommy Buickerood, Spencer Almy, Matt Salazar and Kyle Gomez-Flowers were members of a 12 and under U.S. team that participated in the Canada Day Indoor Lacrosse Tournament in Calgary.

The team, organized by Shayton Santos, a San Jose Stealth professional player with strong Canadian ties, was the first U.S. contingent ever to play in the traditional Canadian tournament.

“It went far better than anyone expected by a long shot,” said Petaluma’s Dave Almy, who helped coach the U.S. team.

Despite having almost no experience with the indoor game, played on a smaller field than the outdoor sport played in Petaluma, and having only 10 practices before heading to the tournament, the U.S. team fared very well, battling their way into the championship game against a strong Canadian team.

Playing for the gold medal in a version of the sport most of the American players were still learning, the California team fell behind, 7-2, then rallied to tie the game. Neither team scored in two overtimes and the game went to a shootout, with the Canadians winning on the third shot.

“They did a great job,” Almy said of the California squad. “Everybody is excited and looking for the next opportunity.”

The U.S. team certainly impressed National Lacrosse League coach Paul Stewart.

“I never imagined that the California indoor lacrosse team would even win a game, let alone achieve anywhere close to the success they had. Understand that nobody in the lacrosse world would ever think that a California team had any business even being in a game, let alone contending for a championship. They truly showed us that it is time to change how we think.”

The Petaluma players had a big foot in the Californians’ success.

Buickerood and Salazar were selected as game MVPs by opposing coaches during tournament play. Spencer Almy was a starter in most games and Bechtel and Gomez-Flowers each made big plays for the U.S. team.

“The game is markedly more physical and rugged than the field game,” coach Almy said. “But the kids from California gave as well as they took.

“I think they showed a higher level of athleticism (than the opposition).

“Once they got through making adjustments, they competed well.

“I think they may have run out of gas a little by the championship game, but it was a great showing and a great experience.”

The team was supported by the Beyond the Glory Restaurant. “Their support was instrumental in helping offset the not inconsiderable expenses of getting to and from Canada,” said Almy.