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June 09, 2014

'Smart' football helmet may help detect concussions

A wave of new technology, embedded in football helmets, aims to measure the force of on-field collisions and send alerts when a player's health may be in danger. "We want to protect players as best we can," said Thad Ide, head of product development and management at Riddell, the United States' leading maker of football helmets, which has embraced these new head-impact systems.
June 02, 2014
Bleacher Report

How New Helmet Technology Will Make the NFL and NHL Safer

Concussions remain a serious issue in sports, and with the recent White House concussion summit, the discussion has been raised a notch. Luckily, some companies are doing it anyway. Riddell has long been a leader in the field, with its helmets remaining the most worn brand in the NFL for the past two decades. Riddell is introducing its newest helmet, called the SpeedFlex, this season.
May 26, 2014
Tech Gadgets Guide

Watch Your Head: How Helmet Technology has Changed

The official helmet producer for the NFL, Riddell, is introducing a new helmet this season that has a sensor system that sends a signal to the sidelines when there is an impact beyond a player’s typical hit magnitude. Technological improvements have also brought us to where we are today as advancements in computing capabilities have made it easier to test a helmet’s effectiveness.
May 25, 2014

High tech helmets to debut this fall in East Tennessee

"There will be sensors inside six of the helmets," Jason Hicks, the head football coach at Greenback said, explaining the new helmets from Riddell, called "Insite." "Provide real-time data to our trainers and coaches staff about significant impacts to those six kids," he added. Sensors are placed inside the pads in the helmet. When someone gets hit, a handheld monitor will record the impact: showing which player was involved, where on the head, and the speed of collision.
May 23, 2014
Woodlawn Post

RECAP: USA Football’s Protection Tour, sponsored by Riddell and AIG At Ford Field

After the parents & coaches returned from learning about health and safety education, USA Football’s Heads Up Football program instructor’s, and PAL coaches were all schooled to the proper and comprehensive approach to a better and safer game that consisted of Heads Up Tackling techniques.
April 20, 2014

Riddell introduces the new SpeedFlex helmet

The SpeedFlex is similar to the helmet players wore last season, with one major difference. It features a large, compressible cutout panel in the crown, part of the Flex System, which is designed to reduce impact force transfer to the wearer. The panel can depress up to a quarter of an inch, according to an ESPN interview with Thad Ide, Riddell’s senior vice president for research and development.
April 16, 2014

Uni Watch: Helmet of the future?

NFL minicamps and OTAs haven't started yet, but colleges are well into their spring practice season, and many of them have essentially created a soft launch for the SpeedFlex by using it in their spring games and tweeting photos of it. As you can see in those tweets, the SpeedFlex's defining visual feature is a cutout on the crown, which creates a flexible panel designed to disperse the force of an impact. How flexible is it?
April 16, 2014

Riddell creates new space-age helmets to be worn next season

Riddell hasn’t officially put its new helmet on the market, but early versions of the SpeedFlex have found their way to several Division I college football programs, including Texas and Iowa State, which tweeted out pictures of the futuristic lids.
April 14, 2014
Dr. Saturday (Yahoo! Sports)

New helmet technology will make the NFL and NHL safer

In the past year, Riddell has taken steps toward increasing player safety by creating a helmet that helps minimize the impact of a vicious hit by diffusing the energy of the hit throughout the helmet and using sensors inside the helmet to alert the sideline of a possible concussion.
April 04, 2014
SI Edge

’Tis Better to Give: Riddell's New Helmet Flexes to Protect

When one object meets another with significant force—say a strong safety missiling into a receiver—something’s got to give. The sports equipment company Riddell has determined it should be the helmet. While traditional football helmets have encased the head in a rigid shell (remember the old term brain bucket?), Riddell’s new SpeedFlex helmet is designed to flex in a way that directs the force of impact (that incoming strong safety) away from a player’s head.
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