There has been an increasing focus on
concussion and brain injury in youth and high school sports teams, particularly
in football. This is rightly so – new evidence suggests that even minor impacts
to the head of young players can cause serious problems that last well into
adulthood. What’s the solution for football players, where such impacts are not
only common, but encouraged? It really comes down to understanding football helmet
safety. The right helmet (with the right fit) can offer outstanding protection
To really shine a light on the problem of
concussion in football, let’s consider a few startling facts.
- In 2012, there were 3,800,000
concussions reported in youth and high school teams (twice the number 10 years
- 33% of concussions actually occur
- 90% of reported concussions do not
involve any loss of consciousness
- More than 5 million adults in the US
must deal with traumatic brain injury related disability as a result of
football and other sports injuries (not professional players)
Those are sobering numbers, and they’re
increasing. More and more middle school students are suffering from concussions
sustained on the field, and the number of high school students injured is also
increasing. Even recreational adult teams have a higher number of such
The key here is to ensure that all players,
whether youth, varsity or adult, have the right football helmet, and that it offers
the correct fit and the necessary safety features.
Choosing a Helmet for Better Safety
Football helmets today are very different
than they were just a few years ago. The increasing awareness and rising number
of concussions and traumatic brain injuries among football players have
prompted manufacturers to create entirely new safety solutions.
One prime example of this is the Schutt Z10 Helmet. Priced at just $295 (down from $400), the Z10 Helmet embodies the best of modern design and safety features. It’s
also available in medium, large and extra-large sizes to fit most players.
The Z10 helmet is available in just about
any color you might want or need, and there are plenty of upgrades available,
from Under Armour visors to mouthpieces and unique snaps and bumpers. However,
it’s the safety features offered by the Z10 that make it such a stand out
option on the market.
At Safety First Sports, we’re dedicated to
the commitment we make in our very name. We strive to ensure that players of
all ages and skill ranges have access to only the best protective sports gear