BATTLE READY PROTECTION
Unequal® makes tested battlefield body armor that uses cutting edge materials like Kevlar®, Acceleron® and Tridur™ to disperse impact to the head and body. Some of America’s finest military and police units trust it every day. We have over 100 patents and now that tech has been modified for use in sports - with gear that is thin, lightweight and flexible. The same science that protects soldiers from bullets and shrapnel can help protect athletes. In fact, HART® products have been found to be effective in reducing the risk of serious heart injury and a peer-reviewed study was published recently on that breakthrough (copy available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org).
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REDUCING THE RISK OF CONCUSSIONS IN SOCCER
Consumers should take comfort in knowing there are several governmental agencies that regularly review and monitor product claims made by companies, such as Unequal. These type of products are highly-scrutinized because of the millions of concussions and head injuries that devastate our youth each year. In the last five years, several companies marketing unsubstantiated claims were forced to remove those claims, stop selling the product, and even to cease operations. Our claim, Reducing Concussion Risk, is validated by science, doctors, and testing by accredited independent labs approved by leading organizations (NOCSAE, FIFA, ASTM, etc.) that show Unequal significantly reduces concussion risk, compared to no head protection.
UNEQUAL REDUCES CONCUSSION RISK.
UNEQUAL HALO TESTS SHOW A GENERAL REDUCTION IN ACCELERATION,
A KEY COMPONENT IN THE REDUCTION OF CONCUSSION RISK.
- University research papers, published reports, medical studies and lab tests on sports head protection conclude acceleration is a key element in determining a protective product’s potential to reduce concussion risk among athletes.
- VA Tech’s landmark, peer-reviewed study helped established their STARS rating system for football helmets. STARS has become a de facto standard to which all professional and collegiate equipment managers respect and monitor. The authors of this study and others emphasize that peak acceleration is a main driver in determining concussion risk; that lower peak acceleration predicts a lower incidence of concussion.
- ASTM’s soccer headgear standard measures acceleration reduction in lab tests, comparing a “head form” with and without headgear.
- NOCSAE, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, developed the Severity Index (SI) formula, which is a measurement of the protective qualities of helmets for several sports. Football helmets, for instance, must fall below a 1200 SI to be certified for use by NOCSAE. Acceleration is a main component of the SI formula. Lower acceleration = Lower SI = lower concussion risk.
BOLSTERING THE NEED FOR HEAD PROTECTION
Soccer is the #1 sport for causing concussions among female youth athletes. From ”Sports-related Concussions in Youth,” National Academies Press, 2014 Multiple Links available here.
Girls are more likely to get a concussion in soccer than boys. (Fuller, Junge et al., “A Six Year Prospective Study of the Incidence and Causes of Head and Neck Injuries in International Football,” British Journal of Sports Medicine (2005), 39(supp1): i3-i8)
If an athlete as suffered a concussion, there is a 3.15 times greater chance of him/her having another one than a player who never had this type of injury. Recently published journal of ‘Brain Injury’, Dr. Tom Schweizer, Director of the Neuroscience Research Program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, examined how often concussions occur in soccer.
Heading accounts for only 15 to 30% of concussions depending on who is speaking or study cited. (70-85% of concussions are from normal run of play: collisions, falls, accidents at the goal, knees, etc) A JAMA Pediatrics article entitled, “An Evidence-Based Discussion of Heading the Ball and Concussions in High School Soccer,” And this study: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/health/soccer-headers-concussion-study/
Younger players take longer to recover from a concussion than older players (Field, Collins et al., “Does Age Play a Role in Recovery from Sports-Related Concussion? A Comparison of High School and Collegiate Athletes,” Journal of Pediatrics (2003), 142(5):546-53)
UNEQUAL INTERNAL FIELD STUDY
An informal study in the fall of 2015, with 61 teams participating and wearing Unequal Halos, showed a lower concussion rate per 10,000 AEs (Athletic Exposures) as compared to accepted national averages without head protection:DETAILS
- 4 women’s college teams, 57 youth teams
- Youth teams were made up of 23 boys and 34 girls teams ranging from U-10 to U-18.
- Players wore the 6mm Halo
- Coaches and/or trainers of each team reported weekly the number of AEs of players wearing the Unequal Halo
- There were 20,867 AEs. (Boys – 7,625 AEs; Girls – 13,242 AEs)
- Any incident that was potentially a concussion was evaluated and confirmed by a medical professional before being reported
- This was a limited study among just these teams for this season only
UNEQUAL CONCUSSION RATE RESULTS:
Boys: 0 concussions: 0.0/10,000 AEs — Girls: 2 concussions: 1.6/10,000 AEs
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL CREDIBLE STUDIES INDICATING THE RATE OF CONCUSSIONS IN SOCCER PER 10,000 AEs. HERE ARE THE 2 MOST RECENT:
Concussion Rate: HS Boys - 2.8 / 10,000 AEs — HS Girls - 4.5 / 10,000 AEs
Concussion Rate: Middle School Girls – 12 / 10,000 AEs
FINALLY, CONSIDER THIS:
1. IMPACT SPEEDS
- Professional boxers punch – approx. 20 mph
- Football player tackling a stationary player – approx. 25mph
- Soccer ball being headed by a player – approx. 70mph
2. CAUSES OF CONCUSSIONS
- Football: (i) head to head; (ii) head to ground; (iii) head to body
- Soccer: i) head to head; (ii) head to ground; (iii) head to post; (iv) head to ball
3. SUB-CONCUSSIVE IMPACTS
In a study by Di Virgilio et al. (2016) it presents important novel data demonstrating transient changes in neurophysiological function and cognitive performance following a single exposure repetitive sub-concussive head impacts via routine soccer heading. Their data demonstrates that, despite showing no clinical signs or symptoms of concussion, repetitive impacts to the head from routine soccer heading increased intracortical inhibition, as well as performance outcome declines in short and long-term memory. This is the first time such changes have been reported.
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