All new football helmets are certified to meet the performance standard set by the National Operating Committee for Sports Equipment (NOCSAE) when they leave the factory, but whether one protects against concussion better than another is open to debate. Here’s what the NOCSAE stated in a recent newsletter when asked this question:
NOCSAE cannot answer that question and probably should not. The mechanism of a concussive injury are better understood than even 5 years ago, and much is being learned everyday, but there is more that remains to be understood. … The conclusion as to which helmet does a better job in reducing or preventing concussions is better addressed by the manufacturers. NOCSAE believes that every helmet which has been certified to our standard does a remarkable job in reducing head injuries and their severity, including concussions, but there are many variables that may contribute to the occurrence of a concussion which are unrelated to helmet design and performance. All the helmet manufacturers have incorporated changes in design and materials to address the issue of concussion prevention and related injuries. These ‘new’ designs have all been tested and certified as meeting the NOCSAE standard, and the various manufacturers strongly believe in their helmets and their unique benefits.
The safety and well-being of your child is our number one priority. With a contact sport like tackle football there is always a risk factor involved. It is our responsibility to make sure that your child’s equipment is certified and have the appropriate stamps and stickers on their helmets. Here are a few questions ask to the NOCSEA:
A. Those helmets which meet the NOCSAE standard must bear the seal, “Meets NOCSAE standards” and the logo for that type of helmet. The seal and logo are permanently branded or stamped on the outside rear portion of the helmet. All NOCSE-certified helmets also must have a standard warning label affixed to the inside and/or outside of the shell regarding safety and proper use of the helmet. Removal of any warning lablels is against the regulations of the NOCSAE standard.
A. The NOCSAE standards do not specify or require recertification or reconditioning of helmets on any particular schedule or frequency. And except for California (which requires annual inspections), there is no state law or regulation that requires re-conditioning or re-certification with any specific frequency. The NOCSAE standard requiring inspections of football helmets and shoulder pads every two years, however, has been adopted by every state association playing under National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and NCAA rules:
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