NFL to pro­hibit use of cer­tain hel­mets for 1st time

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NEW YORK – The NFL for the first time is pro­hibit­ing cer­tain hel­mets from be­ing worn by play­ers.

In no­ti­fy­ing the 32 teams Mon­day, the league has sought to have play­ers stop us­ing 10 hel­met va­ri­eties. Some, par­tic­u­larly those man­u­fac­tured by Rawl­ings, no longer are be­ing made and don’t have sup­port from the com­pany. Oth­ers were found to be in­fe­rior to many of the 34 hel­mets the NFL and the play­ers’ union ex­am­ined.

Pre­vi­ously, NFL play­ers could choose any hel­met as long as it passed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion stan­dards. Six of the sub­stan­dard hel­mets are pro­hib­ited im­me­di­ately, while the other four may be worn by play­ers who used them in 2017 but not by new play­ers.

The 10 hel­mets are Rawl­ings’ Im­pulse and Im­pulse+, Quan­tum and Tachyon; SG Var­sity and SG 2.0; Schutt Vengeance Z10 (model 204100), Air XP (model 789002) and Air XP Pro (model 789102); and Rid­dell VSR-4 (model R41133).

A sur­vey of play­ers re­vealed at least 98 per­cent used one or more of the 34 hel­met models tested.

Lab­o­ra­tory test­ing showed that the VICIS Zero 1 models of 2017 and 2018 rate best for player safety. A chart spec­i­fy­ing top-to-bot­tom rank­ings for the 34 hel­mets is posted at ev­ery team’s train­ing fa­cil­ity.

The 2018 Zero1 was the only new hel­met model tested this year.

“We’re demon­strat­ing our com­mit­ment by set­ting the pace for in­no­va­tion and safety,” said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS, which has been mak­ing hel­mets for only four years. Marver es­ti­mated 70 play­ers were us­ing the Zero1 by the end of 2017.

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