By: Brandon Gobbi
Throughout football, the leading worry about the sport today is safety and how concussions can be prevented. Riddell, the sport’s leading helmet supplier, has introduced the new SpeedFlex helmet, which it hopes will help to prevent concussions.
The SpeedFlex helmet will be the third helmet introduced since 2008. Riddell introduced the Revolution Speed helmet in 2008 and the Riddell 360 in 2012. This new helmet is specially designed to prevent injuries caused by head-to-head impact.
This new helmet will absorb head impact better than any other helmet on the market. Riddell wants people to know that their helmet will not stop concussions, but that it will absorb head impact better than any helmet they have introduced. This helmet is said to “raise the bar for football helmet performance and protective technologies across the industry” (President of Riddell).
Being around the game of football my whole life, and working with helmets as a football equipment manager, I know that it will take a lot for a helmet to completely prevent concussions. Better fitting helmets that do not move side-to-side when you run are important. If they move, the risk of concussions become higher. Coming up with a solution to end concussions will be difficult. In my opinion, concussions will never be stopped; it’s just part of the game. However, I believe that this helmet could lead to a major decrease in concussions.
I want to hear what you think. Do you think this helmet will help with concussions, or do you think much more needs to be done for the concussion rate to decrease? Remember this is from the PeeWee level right up to the professional level.