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December 18, 2019
Tim Booth

NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s football helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. Through a combination of technological advancements, investment by the NFL and an open marketplace for development, helmets are rapidly evolving — with more innovation on the horizon.
December 11, 2019
Chris Cwick

Chiefs were prepared to wear high school helmets if equipment never arrived Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs had no intention of forfeiting Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. If the Chiefs couldn’t wear their own equipment, they were going to play the game wearing high school helmets.
December 10, 2019

Riddell Partners With NetVirta

Riddell entered a strategic partnership with tech company NetVirta to advance head protection with mobile 3D technology. The Boston-based company is the creator of a mobile 3D scanning technology, called Verifyt. Leveraging NetVirta’s Verifyt app, Riddell captures 3D head shape data of an individual’s head. The app streamlines creation of Riddell Precision-Fit helmets, which are designed uniquely for individual athletes.
November 19, 2019

NBC SPORTS & RIDDELL ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP OF THE ALL-AMERICAN BOWL THROUGH 2021

Riddell to serve as the Official Helmet of the All-American Bowl; Will Provide Industry-Leading SpeedFlex Helmets to All-American Bowl Athletes
November 14, 2019

Riddell and The Reserves Network receives Murray Ridge Center C.A.R.E.S. Award

Each year, Murray Ridge Center recognizes an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping people with developmental disabilities. This year, an award was presented to Riddell and The Reserves Network because they have embraced this quality by teaming up to provide employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities, according to a news release from Murray Ridge. The agency’s award stands for Community, Awareness, Recognition, Education and Service, the release said.
November 05, 2019
Skubie Mageza

"Head Armor": The Latest Innovations In Technology Making Football Safer: Part 3

In the final episode of "Head Armor" we visit the University of Iowa and see how they've adjusted to "Precision fit helmets" as the only team in the country with 100% of it's upper class men fitted with the helmets.We speak to players, the teams equipment manager and team doctor about how these helmets have impacted their program.
October 31, 2019
Skubie Mageza

"Head Armor": The latest innovations in technology making football safer; Part 2

In episode one of "Head Armor," you saw the first couple of steps in the process of creating one of their late pieces in helmet wearing technology "Precision Fit Helmets". It begins with a visible light scan to the surface of a player's head with their helmet on and off. The tech is so impressive that the scan is accurate to plus or minus half a millimeter. What you were still yet to see is what happens next. You get an inside look at how the custom pad set is created in computer space and sent towards a 3D printer computer to create Riddells latest piece in helmet wearing technology - Diamond Technology. It's an upgrade of the DNA protective material inside the helmet to 3D printed material that's made better to handle impact forces.
Ensure Your Equipment Meets Performance Standards
October 31, 2019
USA Football

Ensure Your Equipment Meets Performance Standards

As in any sport, safety is paramount, but more so in football. Football helmets are an essential tool in providing player protection during practice and games. The rigors helmets face during the season make reconditioning and recertification important in...
October 28, 2019
Skubie Mageza

"Head Armor" - The Latest Innovations In Tech Making Football Safer PT1

Since 1992 Riddell has been evolving with the game of football by starting a tradition of firsts. The were the first company to have a plastic shell helmet, the first to have a tubular bar face mask, the first to have a nose protector U-Bar and the first to do many other things.
Smart Helmets Improve Safety in High School Football
October 27, 2019
George Balekji

Smart Helmets Improve Safety in High School Football

With the advancement of technology in player safety, that concern led Lancaster High School's football program to its solution.

"There was a lot of uncertainty with parents allowing their young men to play football. Concussions were becoming more mainstream news stories. And we were trying to figure out how to be proactive and allow our students to be as safe as possible." said Flying Arrows assistant coach Andy Haas.

That initiative drove Lancaster to Riddell's Insite Training Tool, or simply "ITT" which tracks every head impact on the team such as over 5,000 hits from the 2018-2019 academic year alone.

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