Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing unbiased helmet and headgear ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing protective equipment. The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, widely recognized as the prominent testing lab for helmet/headgear safety and protection in sport, recently conducted its second-ever testing of soccer protective headbands and equipment. […]
GAMEBREAKER EARNS FIVE STAR RATING BY VIRGINIA TECH HELMET LAB IN FIRST EVER FLAG FOOTBALL HEADGEAR TESTING Since 2011, Virginia Tech researchers have been providing unbiased helmet ratings that allow consumers to make informed decisions when purchasing helmets. The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, widely recognized as the prominent testing lab for helmet/headgear safety and […]
Even a non-contact sport by definition could be safer. That was the Texas State 7-on-7 Organization’s thinking when it approved a soft-shell helmet requirement last January for the state tournament. This year’s state 7-on-7 tournament is the first in a 22-year history in which headgear is required.
No one is tackling in 7-on-7, but incidental contact remains a possibility. The state 7-on-7 board believes these efforts help. The soft-shell helmets just can’t be any helmet, either.
Player safety has become a focus in football over the past few years. Many modifications have been made for the game in pads, but there is also the game without pads, 7on7.
“If you’ve been in this long enough at the 7on7 level, you’ve witnessed a head injury, and I have,” said Westlake head coach Todd Dodge.
A budding Westlake Village company is attempting to tackle a huge problem of America’s most popular sports face, head injuries. And an East Coast university that is an authority on the subject says GameBreaker is a game-changer in softshell headgear. As 7-on-7 football continues its rapid spike in popularity, the Texas association has taken a step to make the sport safer. In January, the Texas State 7on7 Organization passed a rule requiring players to wear soft-shell, cap-style helmets that have a four- or five-star rating by a Virginia Tech study. This rule will be implemented for the 2019 state tournament and the 2020 season. Texas 7on7 executive director Doug Stevens said setting a standard based on the Virginia Tech protocol was important because lesser helmets and headband-style protections can give a false sense of security.
With participation in youth football in steady decline, Gamebreaker Headgear CEO Mike Juels explains how better protection for players will better protect the future of the game.
HELMETFITHELMET INFLATION SYSTEM With an app-controlled handheld electric pump, HelmetFit eliminates the guesswork of the helmet inflation process and establishes a custom fit for every player. HelmetFit streamlines the helmet fitting process by recording the air pressure at each inflation point. This creates the ability to pinpoint and save a custom fit for each player. […]
Concussions in Girls Sports: UW-Madison study on soft shell headgear largest in the U.S. UW-Madison has recently conducted the largest study of it’s kind on soft shell protective headbands. The study followed nearly 3,000 female soccer players, mostly in Wisconsin area high schools. Researchers initially found it difficult to convince coaches to take part. In […]
A new book, BELICHICK: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time by ESPN senior writer Ian O’Connor, tells the story of a practice-field injury to New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick when he played at Division III Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The year was 1971. Belichick, a sophomore, 5-feet-10, 185 pounds, was the snapper for Wesleyan’s FG/PAT scout team. Two defensive tackles on the FG/PAT block team were assigned to double-team him, pancake him onto his back, while a linebacker shot the gap and blocked the kick.
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. And participation is rising in the United States, where it’s widely considered a safer alternative to other contact sports like football, which is facing heightened scrutiny as media coverage of brain injuries among NFL players has trained a spotlight on the sport’s risks. But soccer players […]