Brookfield East football takes steps to reduce concussions
MILWAUKEE - It's Football Friday in Milwaukee - and tonight players hit the gridiron with concussions still the talk in the football world.
TODAY'S TMJ4 wanted to find out how high school athletic departments in our area are making adjustments amid the growing concern over head injuries.
Brookfield East High School is among those who have made significant changes in both equipment and technique.
"Blocking and tackling - we keep the head out of it," Head Coach Tom Swittel tells TODAY'S TMJ4.
Brookfield East also purchased a new pad called "The Guardian," which Swittel says fits right over the helmet to add more cushion.
"Based on the information we've received, it reduces contact by 33 percent," Swittel adds.
Guardian pads aren't certified for official games, however, so players only wear them during practice.
The football team raised more than $5,000 to purchase the Guardian pads for their full roster of 100.