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Forney high school football players test new helmets

TexasTribune.org. The helmet-on-helmet cracks at North Forney High School’s 7 a.m. football practice aren’t music to Hank Semler’s ears. The head coach of the fledgling Division 3A Falcons — the pride of this $70 mllion exurban high school — still suffers migraines and dizziness that doctors attribute to years of football concussions.

Semler’s players, convinced of their invincibility, tease him about his obsession with safety technology. He investigated the science behind every available helmet before settling on a top-of-the-line model. “I want to be able to say, ‘Your child is one of the most protected athletes in the state, if not the nation,’” Semler says.

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