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Updated Nov 14, 2013 - 9:51 am

ASU football players volunteer for concussion study

PHOENIX -- A new study is underway to try to find out how football hits can lead to concussions and some Arizona State University players have signed on to help out.

Some ASU players are voluntarily wearing helmets with special equipment that will gather information on the affects of football on the head.

"Built into the helmet are accelerometers that can detect the amount of force that is placed on the head and the acceleration," said Tamara McLeod, an athletic training professor at A.T. Still University in Mesa. "It allows us to get biomechanical data about the types of hits that athletes are taking during the course of play."

McLeod said the information from the helmet will be studied at the end of the season.

"We're trying to evaluate the number of hits to the head, the magnitude of the forces to the head with some of these clinical measures that athletic trainers and other healthcare providers use to evaluate concussions," she said.

The Riddell helmet company and researchers from TGen and the Barrow Neurological Institute are also involved in the study.

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Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

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First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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