A new helmet designed to help protect quarterbacks has been approved The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
He said the NFLPA’s push to develop the Visis Zero 2 Matrix quarterback helmet is “half of everything” based on reality. QB concussion They occur when their helmet hits the ground.
Although the helmet is expected to be available next season, signal callers will have the option of using the same helmet they used in 2022.
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Tests showed the new Vicis Zero2 Matrix helmet “performed 7% better than the most popular helmet worn by quarterbacks last season,” according to a memo sent to team executives on Thursday.
Nearly half of quarterback concussions are helmet-to-ground impacts, including the one suffered by the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL data. Tua Tagovailoa Last season.
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“Now with our engineers and Players Association With over 1,000 concussions on the field, we have a good database of how these injuries occur,” NFL executive Jeff Miller told The Associated Press about helmet-to-ground impacts.
“This helmet performs better than any helmet we’ve seen for those types of impacts in lab testing.”
Jason Neubauer, CEO of Visis, said the company began designing the Zero 2 Matrix QB helmet in early 2022.
“What’s unique about it is that it has a deformable outer shell, which means that when you impact anywhere on that helmet, it molds or basically swells in that area to absorb the impact,” Neubauer said.
“What this means for us, as designers or engineers, when we want to optimize for different impacts, we can change specific areas to optimize impact reduction in any area.”
It’s unclear how many quarterbacks will switch to the new QB-specific helmet. The league and NFLPA will share data from helmet research with teams so players can make informed decisions about helmet selection.
The only position-specific helmet already approved is the Visis Zero 2-R Trench for offensive and defensive linemen.
The memo to teams also includes the results of the 2023 helmet lab testing study. Miller told the AP that seven helmets recommended by the league in 2020 will be banned due to new testing.
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“That’s a great sign,” Miller said. “Hopefully, with position-specific helmets designed for each position group or an all-in-one helmet, we can continue to promote to players, ‘Work with us, be willing to change helmets, because it’s better. And every year better products come online.'”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.