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NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

Technology
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. Through a combination of technological advancements, investment by the NFL and an open marketplace for development, helmets are rapidly evolving — with more innovation on the horizon. The helmet will never be expected to fully prevent concussions or other head trauma. But the advancements in recent years are making a major difference, the league says. “There is no question there has been significant success from the helmet manufacturer side in ...
Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

Business
June 12 (UPI) -- Gentex Corporation has received a $ 51 million contract to provide for more than 35,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets to the U.S. Marine Corps.The move is meant to standardize the helmet used by Marines in both training and deployment. Currently, Marines are only issued the ECH when they are deployed and older models are used in training."Right now, we have three helmets fielded, but the future vision is a single helmet for all operating forces, which greatly simplifies logistics considerations and increases cost savings," team lead of Body Armor and Load Bearing Equipment Nick Pierce said.The ECH is also in use by the Army and Navy. It is meant to provide superior ballistic protection to older helmets along with better suspension pads and retention system.First deliveries of th...