Lake Charles Memorial Health System is dedicated to not only treating athletic
injuries, but preventing them and head injuries are at that top of that
list. Putting action behind the mission means that football across Calcasieu
Parish now has a new tool in monitoring and preventing head injuries.
Through its Foundation for Fairplay Fund (F3), The Foundation at Lake Charles
Memorial made it possible for every varsity football athlete in Calcasieu
Parish to take advantage of Riddell’s InSite Training Tool, the
leading impact monitoring system in football. The F3 board easily approved
a donation of $100,000 to Riddell that paid to outfit each helmet with
the InSite system.
“It was an easy decision for our foundation board to approve the
donation of this scale,” says Memorial Vice President of Philanthropy
Leif Pedersen. “We first came to them with a more scaled down donation
and they upped the ante with a donation that will benefit every football
Riddell InSite alerts the sideline with information on significant single
and multiple impacts sustained in a practice or a game. The web-based
data center also collects and analyzes an impact profile for each player
to proactively influence player behavior by identifying training opportunities
that may decrease head impact exposure.
Every varsity football player who takes the field for a Calcasieu Parish
High School will wear a Riddell helmet equipped with InSite. This includes
the nine public and three private high schools in the parish. Calcasieu
Parish becomes the first parish in the state to utilize the InSite tool
across all schools.
“The Foundation for FairPlay has once again stepped up to help address
sports related injury and safety issues in Calcasieu Parish. Each year
the Foundation has provided grants to schools to make our sports programs
better and safer. This contribution, which is among the largest ever,
helps to address the national issue of helmet safety and concussion management
for our high school football athletes. The systems being funded and installed
in player helmets will allow our trainers to monitor potential issues
for our players in both real time and in a study setting.”
Taking it to the next level, the Memorial Foundation donated $15,000 to
the McNeese State University Football team to outfit all of their players
with the InSite system too. McNeese is the first university in the state
to utilize the system.
"This is really exciting for us to be able to have these sensors and
monitor the impact of the hits our players make and receive. We're
the only college in Louisiana to have this,” says Lance Guidry,
McNeese Head Football Coach. “I can't thank the Memorial Foundation
enough for making this available to our players. The concussion study
has increased so much over the last few years so to have this technology
to be able to monitor the safety of our players is tremendous."
F3 was established in order to provide a more level playing field in the
areas of preventable injury needs. The fund assists schools in acquiring
equipment such as quality football helmets, training room equipment needed
for the rehabilitation of sports-related injuries and creating safe physical
fitness surroundings. Memorial Sports Medicine is the sports medicine
provider for all Calcasieu Parish High Schools and McNeese State University.
Memorial athletic trainers are assigned to each high school and specialists
are available to the high school and college athletes as needed.
To learn more about the Memorial Foundation or F3 call 337.494.3226.