Long Island high schools spent more than $700,000 on nearly 3,000 new football helmets during the past year to try to better protect players from head injuries and concussions.
This database shows each school's football helmet inventory for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The data was compiled from purchase orders and reconditioning inventories, which were obtained by Newsday through Freedom of Information Law requests to 107 public schools with football programs. Private schools are not required by law to provide the information. Only Long Island Lutheran agreed to do so.
Virginia Tech researchers test helmets on their ability to reduce the risk of a concussion. Five stars are the best. One is the worst. Not rated means the helmets are either too old or too new to be rated.
(Note: The 2016 cost column represents the money each school spent on new helmets since the start of the 2015 season. Some districts that have more than one high school bought helmets in bulk. In those cases, the total dollar figure spent by the district is listed for each of its high schools.) -- Jim Baumbach