NYPD Finest Football team to get protective helmet bumpers, Shockstrip pads, to reduce impact of helmet-to-helmet contact

The extra cushioning costs $50 per helmet and is said to mitigate
the effect of helmet-to-helmet collisions by 41 percent.

— Article from The New York Daily News | Monday, March 11, 2013

Dr. Steven Novicky, creator of the pads, takes a look at the helmets he's fortifying
for the NYPD Finest Football team. Head injury has become as big a concern
in the NFL in recent years as the games themselves. There have been more
than 200 concussions reported in each of the last three NFL seasons.

They protect our neighborhoods. Now the NYPD will protect their noggins.

Members of NYPD Finest Football, the police department’s competitive semipro gridiron squad, will add “bumpers” to the outside of their helmets in hopes of avoiding NFL-style head trauma.

The extra cushioning, known as Shockstrip pads, reduces the impact of helmet-to-helmet contact by 41 percent, according to creator Dr. Steven Novicky.

They cost just $50 per helmet, and it’s a small price to pay, said NYPD Narcotics Detectives Anthony Hernandez, general manager of the team.

“The last thing we want to do is go to work with a head injury,” he said.

In fact, Hernandez thinks the NFL should follow the NYPD’s lead.

“I can’t see any organization, from pee wee to the pros, not putting their players’ safety first,” Hernandez said, adding that none of his players ever suffered a serious concussion or head injury.


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.

But across the country, football head trauma is almost as big a story as the games themselves. And there have been more than 200 concussions reported in each of the last three NFL seasons, according to said Richard Ellenbogen, co-chairman of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee.

Lower-level players are embracing the new technology.

“The very first game of the year I was running the ball, and me and this kid from the other team met helmet to helmet. And his helmet went flying like 10 yards back,” said David Stewart, a running back at Struthers High School in Euclid, Ohio. “I didn’t feel a thing.”

The new ridged helmets also have an unforeseen benefit, Hernandez claims.

“They look more aggressive,” he said. “The helmets look meaner, but they’re actually safer.”

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“Parents have the
  misconception
  that when their
  child puts on that
  football helmet it
  will protect them
  from virtually
  everything.”

– Dr. Steven Novicky

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