The existing five degree of freedom HITS sensor used to measure head accelerations is incapable of measuring rotational head acceleration about the z-axis. A new six degree of freedom (6DOF) sensor has been developed capable of measuring linear and rotational accelerations for each axis. The 6DOF sensor consists of 12 accelerometers that integrate into football helmets and communicate wirelessly with a laptop on the sideline. An estimation algorithm processes the data from the 12 accelerometers to determine linear and rotational accelerations. The newly developed sensor is capable of accurately recording linear and rotational head accelerations experienced by football players. Twenty (20) players on the Virginia Tech football team will be instrumented with 6DOF sensors during the 2007 season.