Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Football Helmets

One of the most common tasks for the athletic trainer during the sports seasons is helmet fitting.  Not only must they know  proper fitting protocols, but they also must be well versed and proficient at it's removal in an emergency situation.  A difficulty for today's ATC is that they may have a team which has several different helmet styles on one team, meaning that they have to familiarize themselves with the appropriate, or most efficient removal method for each style.  Recent advancements in helmet technology may provide a quicker release system.  Check it out!

Anatomy of a Football Helmet
A nice schematic which takes a look at the helmet from the inside out, courtesy of the NY Times.

Overview of the Quick Release System on Riddell Football Helmets

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