Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

National Football League bans 10 helmet models, Brady and Brees among those impacted

National Football League bans 10 helmet models, Brady and Brees among those impacted

New NFL players and players who didn't wear the prohibited helmets in 2017 won't be allowed to wear them in 2018.

Will be updated.The NFL for the first time is prohibiting certain helmets from being worn by players.

At last month's annual league meeting, owners approved a new safety rule that makes it a penalty for any player to lower his head and use his helmet to initiate contact with an opponent during a game.

The banned helmets either performed poorly in testing, have been discontinued, or were produced by companies that no longer manufacture football helmets, according to a release from the NFL. Citing Pelissero, the story added that "the National Football League and NFLPA expect many of those players will stop wearing those helmets immediately".

"We think that is an important move, and we think that will improve player health and safety".

The NFL used Biokinetics Inc., which is an independent helmet testing lab in Canada.

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Six of the underperforming models will be banned for use by all players. A chart specifying top-to-bottom rankings for the 34 helmets is posted at every team's training facility.

The 2018 Zero1 was the only new helmet model tested this year.

"We're demonstrating our commitment by setting the pace for innovation and safety", said Dave Marver, CEO of VICIS, which has been making helmets for only four years.

According to, about 200 players will be affected. "Last year we had about 20". "And there's the wider field of view our helmet provides".

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