High Point University men's lacrosse is one of the first to use a protective helmet cover called the Guardian Cap.

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point University men's lacrosse team, in only its second season participating in the NCAA, is making headlines across the country.

The program is one of the first contact sports programs, and the first of only two NCAA Division-I lacrosse programs, to wear new head protection technology.

Every member of the team is wearing Guardian Caps during practices. Guardian Caps are proven, by scientists, to reduce the impact of contact to the head in sports like football and lacrosse by up to 33 percent. The cap fits over the helmet and offers players an extra layer of protection from hard hits.

More than 21,000 high school and collegiate athletes are already wearing the Guardian Caps; that list includes the University of South Carolina and Clemson University in football, and High Point University and the University of Denver in men's lacrosse.

WFMY News 2's Patrick Wright spent the morning at High Point University to talk to Head Coach John Torpey and head trainer Tyler DePew about the science behind Guardian Caps and why their program is using them.