Bill that Was Supposed to Use Sensors on Helmets Dies in Subcommittee

Opponents of a Maryland House of Delegates bill that would have led to sensors being affixed to helmets across the state have successfully defeated the bill before it could get out of subcommittee.

The bill would have reportedly required each county to select a high school, which would equip all football players’ helmets with sensors to alert athletic trainers if a hit was thought to be severe enough to cause a concussion.

The opposition included people like John Woolums, director of government relations for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. He argued that attaching the sensors to helmets could impede helmet safety, by ensuring that they “no longer conform with safety standards.”

Brain Sentry CEO Greg Merril, whose company was prepared to install the sensors, disagreed with that contention.

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