Guardian Caps are lightweight cushioned shields that fit over the helmet, and help reduce the impact of collisions by up to 33 percent.
"You don't know where you're at," said Chargers safety Matt Scheffner when describing what it feels like to suffer a concussion. "You don't really know what's going on and you have a huge headache all the time."
"I got [a concussion] two weeks ago," said tight end Issac Brinton. "I don't remember that day."
Concussions are a serious issue in all levels of football, with some 100,000 happening each year. So when Corner Canyon head coach Don Eck heard about the Guardian Caps, he was very interested in trying them out.
"I kind of figured something was going to come out with all the discussion on concussions around the country," Eck said. "This booster showed me the things. He put two helmets with the Guardian Cap on them, put my hand in the middle and slammed the helmets together. I didn't feel a thing."
Eck immediately approved the purchase of ten caps, which run about 55 dollars a piece. He says players who have recently suffered concussions or have a history of concussions wear them in practice. So far, the results have been positive.
"In practice, you just don't feel any of the hits," Scheffner said. "You don't get a headache, so it's helped out a lot."
"Any kid that has wore it out here at practice hasn't got dinged," said Eck. "So far, so good."
Corner Canyon is one of five Utah high schools using the Guardian Caps, along with Judge Memorial, Syracuse, Morgan and North Summit. There could come a day when every school starts using similar protective headgear, maybe even in games.
"I hope they can come up with something that can eliminate concussions," said Eck. "It is a serious issue, so to me this Guardian Cap is kind of a blessing for us."
"They help," added Scheffner. "So maybe in a couple of years we'll all be wearing these things."