Sport NFL, NFLPA ban 10 helmet models

02:35  17 april  2018
02:35  17 april  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Taking another step forward in trying to increase player safety, the NFL and NFLPA have banned 10 helmet models that tested poorly.

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. Six of those models will be prohibited immediately, and four more will be phased out by the 2019 season. The banned models are manufactured by Rawlings, Riddell, Schutt, and SG. Rawlings helmets were prohibited because the company stopped making helmets more than two years ago and doesn't offer support in that area.

Riddell and Schutt both manufacture models that tested among the best helmets in the rankings. Two helmets manufactured by VICIS topped the list, which measures which models best reduce head-impact severity.

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The NFL and NFLPA have been ranking helmets for safety for four years, Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, told ESPN he's seeing players choose better-performing helmets.

"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," Miller said. "We think that is an important move, and we think that will improve player health and safety. And the purpose of continuing to rank the helmets, and the purpose of the joint decision to prohibit certain helmets this year, is to increase that continued movement into better-performing helmets."

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