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Campbell Red Devils getting safer football helmets

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The Campbell City School Board of Education reveals plans to improve the safety of its athletes on the field.

The board plans to purchase new, safer helmets for the Campbell Memorial High School football team.

Matthew Bowen, Campbell Schools superintendent, explained that according to a Virginia Tech/Wake Forest study on the safety of football helmets, 23 of Campbell's footballs helmets scored a one star rating, or a rating of 'not recommended'.

The study evaluated the most commonly used football helmets on their concussion safety and price.

After evaluating the team's helmets, the Board of Education plan to purchase 20 new, five star rated helmets.

 The board will pay for ten of the new helmets. The Gridiron Club and the Campbell Little Red Devils Team have pledged to pay for five helmets a piece.

Meanwhile, Bowen plans to clear out the old helmet inventory. The Campbell Memorial High School football team will donate the used helmets for outside uses.

"I want to be very clear on this though, these are not helmets little kids are going to use. They're going to go to things like raffles, for memorabilia; things like trophies and awards," said Bowen.

The purchase of the new helmets will protect the football team from concussions and other serious head injuries that can happen on the field.

The Virginia Tech/Wake Forest University ratings of 23 types of football helmets can be found here.

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