A former football player with a love of sports, Dr. Steven D. Novicky originally planned a career in athletic training. When a freak accident while bending to pick up a football resulted in a painful injury to his lower back, he was convinced to visit a chiropractor. One treatment later, although still in pain, he was able to walk out on his own. The experience changed his life.
The following spring, he enrolled at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Missouri, and focused his research on chiropractic care and sports performance. He earned a Doctorate in Chiropractic, and his extensive research on headaches and dizziness was published in the Peer Reviewed Journal of the American Chiropractic Association in 1995; a second article was published in the Peer Reviewed Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2003.
Dr. Novicky returned to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio in 1995 and opened a practice specializing in personal injury and athletic care. There, he continued research on headaches. In October 2000, he was the first physician in his tri-county area to become Board-Certified in Rehabilitation.
Over the next 10 years, Novicky Chiropractic, Inc., grew to include a client-base of patients suffering from head trauma and neck injuries sustained in car accidents, plus numerous young athletes experiencing problems associated with helmet-to-helmet impact – mostly during late summer and early fall. Dr. Novicky observed that these symptoms reached epidemic proportions once football season started and his concern increased, as did his intense interest in sports-related helmet-to-helmet impacts. After reading multiple medical reports on the alarming increase in problems associated with helmet-to-helmet impacts, he began a quest to develop a device that would protect youth from the looming problems often caused from participation in full contact sports.
After years of research, testing, and assessment of different materials, Dr. Novicky developed the Shockstrip® concept, utilizing a proprietary medical grade material to reduce impact by absorbing shock from helmet-to-helmet contact. The device, often compared to a car safety belt, provides additional protection to athletes by adding a “bumper” like apparatus to the outside of helmets.
Today, Shockstrip® has been extensively tested, passing critical independent trials at laboratories performing both drop testing and linear impact testing.
Since 2011, high school and amateur football leagues have benefitted from the use of Shockstrip®. In September 2012, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) released an official ruling permitting the use of the patent pending Shockstrip® device for practice and game day use for high school football teams across the U.S. The ruling is the first ever made by the NFHS to permit an external helmet device for use in sanctioned games.
Dr. Novicky continues his efforts to learn more about helmet-to-helmet impacts, working with young athletes throughout the country to teach prevention and care of these impacts. In 2013, he will team with New York’s Finest, a semi-professional football league comprised of New York policemen, to provide healthy nutrition, education and techniques for preventive care to New York City’s young athletes. He also serves as team physician for the Western Reserve Blue Devils football team in Berlin Center, OH.
Dr. Novicky and his wife Kim, own and operate two Chiropractic Care and Rehabilitation offices in Northeastern Ohio. The couple currently resides in Canfield, Ohio.
Dr. Novicky opened a Chiropractic practice in his hometown (Youngstown, Ohio) and, within four years, became the first physician in the Tri-County area to become Board-Certified in Rehabilitation.
After reading multiple medical reports on the alarming increase in problems associated with helmet-to-helmet impacts, he began a quest to develop a device that would protect youth from the looming problems often caused from participation in full contact sports.