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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shockstrip®?
The patented Shockstrip® is an exterior helmet pad designed to give helmets an added layer of protection and reduce forces associated with helmet-to-helmet impacts.

What are Shockstrips made of?
Shockstrips are made of the proprietary AKTON® Xi75 polymer, a medical grade material with the primary function of absorption, deflection and sound deadening from helmet to helmet collisions. The material can withstand extreme temperatures (hot or cold), is anti-microbial, and does not discolor.

How are Shockstrips adhered to the helmet?
Shockstrips are affixed to the helmet with impact absorbent 3M™ VHB™ Acrylic Foam Tape 5962 (included with strips). The adhesive withstands extreme temperatures (hot or cold) and extreme impact, and has been thoroughly tested with our product on helmets.

What if a Shockstrip® pops off during practice or a game?
The helmet can still be worn without concern for the rest of the game or practice, as the other Shockstrips are
still in intact. A Shockstrip that pops off can be replaced (if not damaged) by reapplying it using our preferred method.

I am not very handy. Are Shockstrips difficult to attach?
Not at all. Shockstrips can be easily applied in approximately 15 minutes. 

Have Shockstrips been safety tested?
Yes. Shockstrips have been field and independently tested to examine the severity of impact of blows to head during helmet-to-helmet contact on helmets with Shockstrips and regular helmets without Shockstrips. In all tests, football helmets with Shockstrips performed significantly better than helmets without Shockstrips.

How long do Shockstrips last?
Shockstrips were put through repetitive fatigue testing and showed the first signs of external wear after 10,000 hits. Because of this testing, we recommend that helmets be re-certified and reconditioned per manufacturer specifications every two years and Shockstrips reapplied.

Can Shockstrips be painted to match my team's helmet color?
Yes, however, we do recommend you use an enamel paint. For best color matching, contact the manufacturer of your helmet to purchase their factory recommended paint. Remember, any painted surface that undergoes impacts is susceptible to surface chipping. Touch up chipped areas as needed. For best results, paint and let dry thoroughly before adhering to helmet.

Am I allowed to attach this device to my child’s helmet without league permission?
Yes! Though all leagues, along with state and federal guidelines, have minimal recommendations on what a football player must wear for protection to play, both state and federal guidelines do not prohibit the use of additional padding on the helmet. And that’s exactly what Shockstrips are, external padding.

What if I am told my son or daughter cannot wear Shockstrips on their helmet during a practice, scrimmage or game by a coach or official?
Our staff attorneys have thoroughly researched the rules and regulations, and your child cannot be stopped from wearing Shockstrips – it would be a violation of your child’s civil rights, and your right to protect your child. The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) has deemed Shockstrip as a legal piece of equipment during sanctioned games.

Can Shockstrips interlock?
No. Engineering, and the placement of the strips, ensures that wearers will not interlock during play.

What happens to the helmet warranty if I use Shockstrips?
Depending on the manufacturer, the application of this product may void the original helmet manufacturer warranty. If that happens, Shockstrip will warrant your helmet under normal use for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase by the original purchaser (“Warranty Period”) provided the helmet is properly maintained by a Factory Authorized Reconditioner. Please review “What You Need to Know About Your Helmet Warranty” for complete information.

What if a player tries to tackle another player by grabbing hold of a Shockstrip? Can this happen?
Testing was specifically performed to address this potential problem, and it was noted that no player was able to grasp the Shockstrips nor redirect or tackle a player by holding on to a Shockstrip.

How much do the Shockstrips weigh?
Each strip weighs approximately 1.5 ounces.

Are Shockstrips made for football helmets only?
No. They can be used on virtually any helmet.


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.

  • Made of proprietary medical grade material
  • Easy to apply
  • Independently tested
  • Long-lasting protection
  • Lightweight
  • For any type of helmet
  • Warranty coverage


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