Since the dawn of the game of football, helmets have become harder, more sturdy and–in turn–more lethal. The focus on traumatic brain injuries has not only sparked changes in the rules, but it has also gotten equipment makers to rethink their strategies.
Athletic equipment manufacturer Riddell is introducing a new helmet, the Speedflex, that has give and flexibility in certain spots, and already six NCAA teams have signed on to try it the new helmet shown below.
As reported on SI.com, Arkansas, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Texas and San Diego State have already committed to use the helmet beginning in the 2014 season. And that may not be the end of the list.
The SpeedFlex features several aesthetic changes—especially on the top of the helmet, where the shell has a paneled look that allows actual movement on the helmet. That “flex,” as the company calls it, within the shell, face mask and at the point where the face mask attaches to the helmet, dissipates the energy of any hit throughout the helmet system and away from the head.
It would be advantageous to have a piece of headgear that players didn’t feel like they could use as a weapon, and with the other advancements on the inside of the helmet, one would hope that a marked decrease in concussions and other TBIs would be seen quickly.
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