SUMMARY

The NFL, in collaboration with NFLPA-appointed experts, sponsored a laboratory study to assess the performance of football helmets worn by NFL players. A poster summarizing the results of the study was provided to all 32 NFL clubs to hang in their locker rooms and help players make informed decisions regarding their helmet choice.

For the second year in a row, the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) recently collaborated on a test of 23 helmets worn by NFL players to assess which helmets best reduced head impact severity. *

The full results of the test were shared with all NFL players and the clubs’ head athletic trainers and equipment managers. A poster summarizing the results was sent to every club to hang in the locker room to help NFL players make informed decisions regarding their helmet choice. It is important to emphasize, however, that these results were based on testing intended to represent NFL impacts and thus, the conclusions on helmet performance cannot be extrapolated to collegiate, high school, or youth football.

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* The SGH-1 Pro helmet was tested but not ranked because damage to the shell suggested that the helmet may not be able to withstand the rigors of NFL practices and games.