Since unfortunately there are still way too many football-related injuries, a team of Americans have developed a helmet boasting improved technology, to provide stronger support. It seems that as awareness increases on brain injuries occurring from football-based accidents, helmet manufacturers are rising to the occasion. Indeed, Hanson Group of Alpharetta, Georgia and Protective Sports Equipment – America’s largest helmet manufacturers – are in the process of testing new ways to soften both large and small blows to the head as well as providing immediate relief in the moments following an injury.
Last year it was Model High that was the first high school to try the helmet covers developed by this manufacturer based in Pennsylvania. The cover has been called ‘The Guardian’ as it sets out to guard against injuries other helmets are unable to do. It contains 37 gel-filled pockets that fit over a helmet and cushion against helmet-to-helmet blows. These are extremely dangerous; so much so that the NFL has penalized them.
Head of the manufacturing group Hanson, sent out 600 samples to players to test during the 2011 season. In 2012, it hopes to sell around 200,000 of them, at about $60 each. It seems that no player who used these in the 2011 season reported a concussion. As well, Wayne State University testing found “the product reduced the amount of shock felt through a helmet.” So it really looks like this is the way forward for football fanatics who want to stay safe.