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Updated Jan 25, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Using his head: Athletic director takes step to protect football team from brain trauma

Athletic director Doug Pillsbury at Anthem Preparatory Academy strives to protect his young football players from head injuries. (Photo by Sandra Haros/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- An athletic director at Anthem Preparatory Academy strives to protect his young football players from head injuries.

"After Junior Seau's death, I'm a New England Patriots fan, and to think someone like that, that every coach wants their kids to emulate, it dawned on me that this is a very serious situation," said Doug Pillsbury.

During research, Pillsbury came across the ProCap 3. It fits snugly over a typical football helmet and helps absorb and disperse the energy during impact to protect the player's head.

According to the company that manufactures the ProCap, it "is made of a specially developed, reaction molded urethane foam designed to absorb vast amounts of energy by giving resilience at the moment of impact compared to traditional hard-shelled helmets alone."

"There have been independent studies and research and the findings stunned me," said Pillsbury. "In some cases, there's been up to a 90 percent reduction in head injuries."

While he said fitting each helmet with the ProCap was pricey, protecting the kids is a no-brainer.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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