Concussions are the biggest problem in the sport of football. Experts hope that this revolutionary flexible helmet could end football-related concussions forever. It’s built to absorb the impact of a blow in the same way as a car bumper.
The NFL has faced increasing amounts of criticism in recent years as research into concussions has piled up. The NFL has had to take measures to stave off the negative publicity. In order to appear proactive, the NFL began offering research grants. These research grants have been made available for companies seeking to solve the NFL’s concussion conundrum.
One of those companies is Vicis. They just made potentially huge headway in the fight against concussions. Their flexible football helmet, the Zero1, is built to absorb the impact of tackles. The multilayered absorbing fabric works like your car’s bumper, which each layer of the helmet bending and flexing with the other layers.
The Zero1 helmet from Vicis has four main layers: Lode Shell, Core Layer, Arch Shell, and Form Liner. The outer shell, the Lode shell, is the layer that works just like your bumper. When hit, the Lode Shell crumples in a localized way, absorbing the impact and deforming the helmet in the region of impact. Just like your car’s bumper, it takes the force of a hit and crumples it within itself instead of spreading that force throughout the entire car (or helmet).
What this design means is the Zero1 helmet can absorb impacts from any direction, thus reducing concussions on the football field by exponential amounts. The Zero1 helmet has the potential to reduce concussions in football on an unimaginable scale. Already, PeeWee Football leagues across the nation are seeing declining enrollment. Parents are afraid to enroll children into tackle football leagues because of concussions. This multilayered flexible football helmet could change the game as we know it.