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Football players train with robots in order to cut injuries

Posted at 9:51 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 10:00:51-04

For the first time on a Southern Arizona high school football field, robots rolled on to the field as a part of the team.

Sahuarita High School and Walden Grove High School each received one robot. The school district says the mobile virtual players cut football injuries by 80% and concussions by 60%. 

Athletic Director with Sahuarita High School, Chip Statton, says this move shows both schools are trying to keep their students safe by limiting the amount of time they have to tackle each other during training. 

"The more we can show our families here in Sahuarita and Walden Grove High School that we are doing whatever we can to keep their kids safe on and off the field, is huge for us." 

School staff say their goal is to buy more of these robots in the future. For now, they'll take it one tackle at a time.