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Minimizing Head Injuries by Improving Protective Headgear

Posted by Susan Reed on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

Science has shown that repeated concussions from contact sports have long-term negative effects on an athlete’s physical and mental health. Head, neck, and muscle sizes are all factors in the damage caused by a blow to the head. Recent research has proven that even sub-concussive events can cause brain damage. The effects have been found to occur more frequently in women. Researchers have found that females have weaker and smaller necks in proportion to their heads, leaving them more susceptible to damage caused by getting hit.

Regardless of the gender, head injuries are a concern. As a result, sports leagues have not only changed their rules regarding contact during practice and games, they are constantly searching for better protective equipment – especially helmets – to minimize the occurrence of head injuries.

2nd Skull addresses these concerns by providing a product designed to absorb impact. The company’s founder started the protective headgear company after watching his son fall and hit his head while riding an electric four-wheeler and was frustrated that the bicycle helmet he was wearing did not have enough protection. The concern he felt as a parent fueled his determination to find better equipment that would add protection to any sports helmet. As the cost of improving helmet technology is high, 2nd Skull decided to make a skull cap (worn under a helmet) designed with an impact-absorbing layer made of XRD® Technology. Here’s how they made it happen…

Case Study: Rogers Helps Improve Protective Headgear

Designers can quickly find the appropriate XRD Material that fits their sports apparel, equipment, and accessories needs here: XRD Technology Products and Applications.

Susan Reed

Susan Reed

Marketing Communications Manager for the Rogers Elastomeric Material Solutions Marketing team. With over 20 years of marketing experience in technology and manufacturing organizations, she is responsible for leading the development of the strategic marketing communications activities across the business. Susan holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Southern Connecticut State University.

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