New Helmet Lets Coach Know If a Player Is at Risk for Concussion
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Although football helmets protect the skull thanks to rigid materials, they do not prevent concussions. That could change with a new helmet from Riddell that is designed to both reduce impact forces from a hard hit and alert coaches if the hit may have put the player at risk for head injury. The helmet contains sensors that collect data on impact force, linear or rotational acceleration, and location which are sent to a handheld device to be used by trainers on the sidelines. The flexible face mask is attached to the side of the helmet to scatter force around the helmet. The chin strap uses a ratchet-lock that makes helmet loss during play nearly impossible. The helmet contains a flexible panel with a polycarbonate shell and is padded with polyurethane and synthetic rubber to further diffuse the force of an impact. It is currently available to NFL and collegiate football teams and will soon be offered to youth and high school players as well.
This gamechanger can take a beating. For decades, football players have worn rigid, unyielding helmets that protected the skull but did little to prevent concussions. Available to NFL and college teams, and soon youth and high school players, the new SpeedFlex is designed to diminish the impact forces of a hard hit.
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