OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Oyster Bay is the first school district on Long Island to equip its high school football players with electronic sensors designed to help prevent serious head injuries.

The sensors, according to Newsday, send a signal to a handheld device when a player is hit above a certain threshold of force.

The district has also purchased new helmets that feature a bendable forehead, intended to better absorb impact.

The new sophisticated equipment was purchased after the Board of Education voted 5-1 not to eliminate the football program due to safety concerns.

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