This summer, the Tulsa World spoke to coaches, trainers and administrators from more than 20 area schools, as well as industry professionals and experts to gain insight into the practices, processes and challenges associated with maintaining helmets and ensuring safety within local football programs.

The conversations revealed the nine programs within the Tulsa Public School system as well as suburban counterparts including Jenks, Union, Owasso and Broken Arrow are operating up to national helmet standards and actively pursuing measures to ensure even better protection for their athletes.

But all is not equal for local programs in northeast Oklahoma.

Photo Editor

John has worked for the Tulsa World since 2006. He previously worked at The Oklahoman and newspapers in Shawnee, Edmond and Enid in Oklahoma. He graduated from UCO with a journalism degree.

Staff Photographer

Ian has worked for the Tulsa World since 2015 as a staff photographer. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism. His work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times and by The Associated Press.