Local high schools make sure helmets are in good shape for football season

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW)-- From the high school to the professional level, safety is always a concern on the football field.

Wausau coaches are doing their best to keep their players from getting injured, by keeping a close eye on the conditions of their helmets.

"Obviously the injuries that are coming forward now aren't new, but we're learning a lot about how they came to be and how and now the emphasis is how we can prevent them going forward," said Wausau West Head Coach Jason Foster, discussing concussions.

"The helmets overall obviously being made, every year they're getting better, the rating are getting higher. It's more about the rating the helmet has and if that helmet is in tip top shape," Newman Catholic High school Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Paul Michlig added.

Once a year, each team has every helmet go through a safety inspection, making sure that they are ready for the season.

"At the end of the day you get one brain, and that's the most important part of our body. So it's really important that we take every precautionary measure possible. From buying the best equipment that we can get to structuring drills differently to protect those important parts," Foster said.

Along with up to date equipment, coaches are making sure that drills keep players safe as well

"Are you doing it correctly? Making sure you're doing the correct technique and having the head in the right position and not using the helmet as a weapon or not helping you make the tackle with that helmet," Michlig said.

For Wausau high school coaches, safety is their main goal.

"At the end of the day that's all that matters, from a health stand point every decision that is made comes down to the safety of our athletes and our young men,” said Foster.