It's a patented composite
All of our products include a coated aramid fabric and other advanced materials that together handle blunt force trauma and impact shock differently and better than virtually all plastics and foams. From the head to the heart to your feet, our NURO® and HART® technologies provide serious protection and reduce risk of injury for athletes, letting you focus on playing at your peak.
Battle Ready Protection
With over one hundred patents
Unequal® makes tested battlefield body armor that uses cutting edge materials like Kevlar,® Accelleron® and Tridur™ to reduce acceleration and absorb and disperse impact shock. Some of America’s finest military and police units trust Unequal every day and recently that ballistics grade protection was adapted for sports. We have over 100 patents on our ultrathin, ultralight, flexible technology and have won numerous awards (see below).
To give you an idea of Unequal’s protective power:
GET AHEAD OF HEAD INJURIES™
Our NURO® Technology, incorporated into all our head protection products, absorbs and disperses impact shock and reduces acceleration, which, experts agree, reduces the risk of head injury.UNEQUAL®
Reduces Acceleration, Reduces Force, Reduces Risk
Play With HART®
Our line of HART® chest and heart protectors have been found to be effective in reducing the risk of sudden death from commotio cordis as evidenced by a Tufts Medical Center peer-reviewed, published study (click to read study).
Award Winning Technology
Worthy of innovation awards
Unequal has received several prominent awards for innovation in the field of protective sportswear. The company was recognized by Forbes as one of the magazine’s 100 Most Promising Companies. Thanks to our work with DuPont, the manufacturing company presented Unequal with its Kevlar® Innovation Award. Esquire, ESPN, and Inc. Magazine have all listed the company and its products among the most important tech innovations ever in sports.
The FDA IFU Claim states: When incorporated into a suitable garment and worn in accordance with instructions, the HART CC (commotio cordis) Pad device has been shown to reduce the mechanical impact received by the chest that may facilitate the reduction in risk of commotio cordis.
How Do We Reduce the Risk of Head Injury?
Think of an airbag...
Generally, experts agree, any head protection device (helmet or headband) that reduces acceleration upon impact vs its comparative, reduces risk of head injury. Think of an airbag. Why is it there? Because scientists determined that a body (and the head), experiencing a relatively gradual stop (hitting an air bag), was better than instantly smashing into the front cowling of a car. An airbag helps the body decelerate to a stop in a very short distance.
Aramid fabric like Kevlar® is found in every single bullet resistant vest made in the world. Why? Because it stops a bullet and absorbs and disperses the energy associated with that bullet to protect the body as much as possible.
Unequal NURO® Technology, embedded inside every one of our head protection products, acts as a very thin airbag that slows/lessens impact acceleration and also absorbs and disperses impact energy away from the head. The bottom line? Unequal reduces risk of head injury.
Our Soccer Halo Headgear is a Great Example
Reduction in acceleration shown in testing
Unequal Halo tests show a general reduction in acceleration,
a key component in the reduction of head injury 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 head injury 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 head injury risk; that lower peak acceleration predicts a lower incidence of head injury.
- 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 head injury risk.
LAB TESTS TO ASTM SOCCER HEADGEAR STANDARD F2439-11
Results may vary.
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 head injury 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 head injury 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 HEAD INJURY RATE RESULTS:
Boys: 0 head injuries: 0.0/10,000 AEs
Girls: 2 head injuries: 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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