A new company called VICIS has released a state of the art football helmet, called the ZERO1, which they believe is the future of headgear technology in football across all levels.
On Wednesday, VICIS co-owner and CEO Dave Marver appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” to discuss his helmet and what makes it unique.
“Helmets haven’t changed much since the 1970’s,” Marver commented. “They all have a hard outer shell. They are a little like old cars that didn’t yield in a collision. And our helmet does in fact yield on impact like a car bumper would. The difference is you don’t have to go to the body shop after every collision, it bounces right back.”
The ZERO1 is multi-layered, slowing impact forces through a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple different directions.
The ZERO1 reduces head impact severity better than any helmet currently on the market, according to research instigated by the NFL and performed by one of the leading biomechanics laboratories in North America.
“Of the helmets that were tested, we ranked number one,” Marver commented. “We think this is the most credible test because both the league and the PA-appointed independent biomechanics thought leaders and they put the test together, and they published the rankings. It’s the only test today that incorporates both linear and rotational measures.”
The ZERO1 could someday be the answer to the concussion concerns that have plagued the NFL for many years now. Although the number of concussions has gone down in recent years, studies show that there were 244 concussions last year between pre-season games, regular season games and practices. The number of in-game concussions rose 8.7 percent between 2015 and 2016 as well.
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