It's every football parent's worst nightmare: a child is injured on the field.
But now moms and dads can rest a little easier knowing that a new device is available that works as a concussion warning system. A company in Omaha, Neb. has come up with the "Impact Indicator," a specially designed chinstrap that has a computer microchip which measures hits to the head.
Livestrong.com reports one concussion is not normally a problem, but a second concussion from a an additional injury after going back into a game can cause increased brain swelling, permanent damage and possible death within minutes, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Cale Furstenberg of Omaha, who suffered eight concussions growing up, purchased the instrument for his 10-year-old son, Ben.
The chinstrap works similarly to a stoplight: It flips from green to red if the football player has suffered a hard hit to the the head. This tells the coach that the player may need special attention.
More than 15 percent of football players who sustain a concussion severe enough to cause loss of consciousness return to play the same day, according to a report earlier this year by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance.
Peace of mind for parents comes with a steep price, though: The Impact Indicator will sell for about $150.
"Kids are getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and specializing at younger ages, so it's much more likely that a child through their young career might take an injury," Chris Circo, the founder of Battle Sports Science tells WOWT-TV Omaha.