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TEMPE, Ariz. -

It is state law and parents and young players have to sign a letter stating they've been educated on the risk of concussions while playing school sports.

Some watch videos while others read informational brochures.

Governor Jan Brewer signed that into law in 2011.

Now an Arizona State University researcher is hoping to add another layer of protection with some new technology that fits right into the helmet.

A youth helmet doesn't protect as well as its professional counterpart and that's why ASU researcher Eric Luster is building a less expensive piece of technology that can fit right inside.  It's called the Reactive Head Impact Application and Luster says it will help protect kids from concussions.

"I'm exposed to the latest and greatest tech and put two and two together and figured we could enhance the reporting that is one the field," said Luster, who is also a MBA doctorate student.

The hope is to gather data from youth sports like football and to remove kids from the game before the risk of concussion becomes too great.  If a player is hit, the data is transferred from the small insert to a mobile device or a cloud system, making it very accessible.

"Based on stats we've seen with ER visits, sports are getting more dangerous.  As tech advances, we want to build tech into sports," said Luster.

A way of life for some kids -- keeping them safe a priority.

If you remember Stephen Threet, an ASU quarterback who left the game after a concussion, he helped with getting the Arizona law passed.

Luster is working with a group in Laveen.  They'll start using the technology for fall football.

ASU is looking for other groups who would like to try it out as well.

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