Jan 29, 2015Helmets on the Hardcourt
The black padded soft helmets are made of plastic foam, have air holes on the top, and look like a cross between a skateboard and motocross helmet. Hina took the concept to Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino, who with three players on the roster having already suffered multiple concussions, gave him the go ahead to use the helmets in practices.
Players are not mandated to don the headwear, but Peyton Siva, Tim Henderson and Elisha Justice all wear the helmets during any drill that might involve contact.
“We’re just trying to be proactive and keep our multiple (concussions) down to a minimum, limit our risk,” Hina told ESPN.com. “It may be overkill, but I really think you’re going to see it more and more with the focus being on head injuries.
“Really, it’s no different than putting an ankle brace on a guy that’s had three or four ankle sprains,” Hina added. “You’re just trying to limit your risk and hopefully cut down on the possibility of that occurring again.”
We interviewed Hina about his work with the Louisville men’s basketball team and Head Coach Rick Pitino in 2008. You can find it here.