Youngstown’s Dr. Novicky Positions Mahoning Valley On the Cutting Edge of a Football Revolution

This small city’s focus on football continues to provide big, history-changing products

SEPTEMBER 18, 2012: YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Dr. Steven Novicky, creator of the protective Shockstrip® exterior helmet padding, is on the cutting edge of a football revolution. Like other innovators from his hometown, including Dwight Beede – best know for the development of the penalty flag – Dr. Novicky’s idea has the potential to become a vital part of football’s future.

Shockstrip®, an innovative protective accessory that absorbs and deflects helmet-to-helmet impact, was recently permitted for game day use in high school football by an important ruling of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). It is the first ruling ever made by the NFHS to permit an external helmet device for use in sanctioned games. 

Shockstrips®, which adhere to the exterior shell of a helmet, help absorb and deflect the violent vibration produced by helmet-to-helmet impact.

In addition to extensive independent drop and linear testing, which revealed high percentage decreases in SI index, analysis of friction coefficient confirmed no significant change – an important concern of the NFHS.

“As word of this important NFHS ruling has spread, we’ve received calls and orders from school districts, players and parents across the U.S.” said Dr. Novicky, CEO of Shockstrip, Inc. “The complete team at Western Reserve High School is wearing them now, and we’ve got exciting developments on both the college and NFL level that have the potential to change equipment requirements and safety measures permanently.”

During the 2011 season, 110 Ohio players wore the device with outstanding results. Now that the NFHS has tendered their decision, football players of all levels across the country are contacting Shockstrip, Inc.


PLEASE NOTE: 1) No helmet pad can prevent or eliminate the risk of concussions or other serious head injuries while playing sports; 2) Scientists have also not reached agreement on how the results of impact absorption tests relate to concussions; and 3) No conclusions about a reduction of risk or severity of concussive injury should be drawn from impact absorption tests.

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