Louisville protecting players with MMA helmets

JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Louisville is taking a proactive approach to preventing players from repeat concussions by having them wear helmets in practice.

Cardinals trainer Fred Hina came up with the idea after watching a football game in November and went searching sporting goods stores and the internet to find a helmet that would work.

He settled on a mixed martial arts sparring helmet, because it provides protection and allows the players to maintain good vision on the court.

Guards Peyton Siva, Tim Henderson and Elisha Justice, who all have had multiple concussions, wear the helmets in practice during any drill that might involve contact. The black helmets are made of plastic foam and have air holes on the top.