NFL, NFLPA to prohibit 10 helmet models from being used
NFL, NFLPA to prohibit 10 helmet models from being used
Washington Redskins helmets sit on the field
17 April, 2018, 04:07
The results of the laboratory tests are displayed on the poster below and shared with National Football League players, club equipment managers, club medical, training and coaching staffs to help inform equipment choices.
Outside of a few stray games during the 2011 and 2012 NFL seasons, Tom Brady has worn the same football helmet during his 19-year career. The banned models are manufactured by Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and SG.
"This is the first time we will be prohibiting helmets", Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of health and safety, said in a conference call with reporters.
Players who wore the prohibited helmets during the 2017 season will be allowed to continue to wear them in 2018 but not beyond that season.
The banned after 2018 models included Brady's Riddell VSR-4 helmet, although the 40-year-old victor of five Super Bowls has the opportunity to test other helmets under game conditions this season also.
The goal of the study is to determine how helmets perform in the area of reduced head impact severity.
The NFL has been ranking helmets, from best- to worst-performing based on laboratory testing, for four years.
According to ESPN, thirty-four helmets were tested for safety, and 10 helmets that finished at the bottom of the rankings were listed as prohibited.
"We've begun to see that over the last couple of years, players [are] moving from helmets that rank in the poorly-performing areas to those that are ranging closer to the top-performing helmets", he said. "It's an important step for player safety".
The tests were developed by biomechanical engineering experts to provide more information for players making helmet choices, although factors such as fit, comfort and durability were also given as considerations in helmet selection.
League owners agreed in March to a significant rule change that will threaten immediate ejections anytime a player lowers his helmet and initiates contact with another player.
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