The NFL, in collaboration with the NFLPA—through their respective biomechanical experts—coordinated laboratory testing on helmets that could be worn by NFL players during the upcoming 2017 season. The goal, as in prior years, is to determine which helmets best reduced head impact severity under conditions simulating potential concussion-causing impacts sustained by NFL players during games. (Note: the conclusions on helmet performance cannot be extrapolated to collegiate, high school or youth football.)
The poster pictured below summarizes the results of the laboratory study.
The results are displayed on the NFL/NFLPA 2017 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results Poster and are being shared with players, club equipment managers, medical and coaching staffs. This is just one component of an NFL player’s comprehensive assessment when selecting a helmet—other factors include discussions with the team equipment manager and medical staff, as well as helmet fit, player position, and the player’s medical history.