Riddell Partners with NetVirta ‘to Advance Head Protection with Mobile 3D Technology’

Riddell, a leader in football helmet technology and innovation, entered a strategic partnership with tech company NetVirta. The Boston-based company is the creator of a mobile 3D scanning technology, called Verifyt. Leveraging NetVirta’s Verifyt app, Riddell captures 3D head shape data of an individual’s head. The app streamlines creation of Riddell Precision-Fit helmets, which are designed uniquely for individual athletes.

Riddell Precision-Fit technology debuted in 2017, where it quickly became the industry-leading helmet platform at elite levels. Now, the technology will be available to customers nationwide, where Riddell reps capture data using the app on iOS and Android devices. Verifyt captures head shape measurements with accuracy of +/- 0.5mm, allowing Riddell to create a truly custom fit.

“Our partnership with NetVirta and the use of Verifyt technology demonstrates commitment to creating forward-thinking technologies with industry leaders who help us reach our goal – to deliver improved player protection to football athletes everywhere,” said Thad Ide, Senior Vice President of Research and Product Development for Riddell. “As we develop game-changing technologies like Precision-Fit, it’s important we focus on making them available to all levels. Having an app that reps take to a program brings elite-level product features to the broad football community.”

In the future, Riddell believes “customers will download the app directly, capture head shape data themselves and upload them to an order platform. As this technology expands, so will Riddell’s ability to offer the latest in innovative product features like Precision-Fit to football players everywhere.”

“We’re excited to partner with Riddell on this project using our Verifyt technology, especially where the application has the chance to affect the greater football community,” said Jeff Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of NetVirta. “We established NetVirta with applications like this in mind and are happy to see our Verifyt technology benefit young athletes across the country.”

The Riddell – NetVirta partnership “demonstrates an ongoing commitment to player protection. In 2019, more NFL players were equipped with Precision-Fit helmets than all other manufacturer helmet models combined. At the college level, more than 1,000 players are wearing the helmet this season. Now, with Verifyt technology, Riddell offers athletes broad-scale access to SpeedFlex Precision Diamond and SpeedFlex Precision helmets.”

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The Legal Design for Parenting Concussion Risk

Katharine Silbaugh,Professor of Law and Law Alumni Scholar at the Boston University School of Law, recently published a 74-page article entitled “The Legal Design for Parenting Concussion Risk.” The full article can be found at https://scholarship.law.bu.edu/faculty_scholarship/791/

The abstract follows:

This Article addresses a question as yet unexplored in the emerging concussion risk literature: how does the statutorily assigned parental role in concussion risk management conceptualize the legal significance of the parent, and does it align with other areas of law that authorize and limit parental risk decision-making? Parents are the centerpiece of the “Lystedt” youth concussion legislation in all fifty states, and yet the extensive legal literature about that legislation contains no discussion of parents as legal actors and makes no effort to situate their statutory role into the larger legal framework of parental authority. This Article considers the Lystedt framework from the perspective of other law engaging parental authority and parental decision-making, placing Lystedt’s parental role in that larger family law framework. That lens reveals that the Lystedt legislation may be using the cultural capital of parental authority to shield youth athletic leagues from having to fully grapple with concussion risk. Under the Lystedt framework, parents are unwittingly functioning as an impediment to safety improvements, shielding athletic associations from conventional pressures to improve. The operation of Lystedt is in this way a departure from related areas of law that set boundaries on parental authority to accept risk of injury on behalf of a child, including limitations on the enforcement of parental waivers of liability. Finally, Lystedt unrealistically elevates parental responsibility without adequately providing parents the capacity and opportunity to be effective protectors of their children’s welfare. I argue that in a time of intense cultural ambivalence about concussion risk in athletics, the rich concept of parental authority is expropriated in the Lystedt concussion statutes to avoid threats to the structure of youth sports that would otherwise be vulnerable to pressures to change in order to reduce concussion risk. The NFL lobbied states to adopt this legislation, under which parents function to preserve the status quo.

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PINK Concussions Partners with University of Glasgow to Further Concussion Reserch

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have announced a research partnership with the international charity PINK Concussions.

Led by Dr Willie Stewart, the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group hopes the partnership will bring much-needed attention to female brain injury research. Using the PINK Concussions’ #PINKBrainPledge, women in the UK will be encouraged to pledge to donate their brains to the Glasgow Traumatic Brain Injury Archive to study the effects of brain injury, including its link to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE.

Dr Stewart is an internationally renowned researcher, known for his work studying outcomes from brain injuries. He recently published a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing the first major findings of the FIELD study, showing that former professional footballers were 3.5 times more likely to die with neurodegenerative disease than their matched population counterparts.

Based in America, PINK Concussions focuses on female brain injury, such as from sports concussion, domestic violence, accidents or military service. In 2020, PINK Concussions plans to make these invisible injuries in women visible with a goal of recruiting 2,020 women across the world to pledge their brains to research.

Dr Willie Stewart, honorary clinical associate professor at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that The Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group has partnered with PINK Concussions. Despite the many advances in understanding outcomes from brain injury we and others have reported, we must recognise that sex differences have not been adequately explored.”

“I hope that through this partnership more females will consider registering to donate their brain for research to allow us to take forward these important studies.”

Katherine Snedaker, Founder and Executive Director of PINK Concussions, said: “In the past, the focus of brain injury research has primarily been on male brains, without any active recruitment for women to pledge their brains after death.”

“We are so excited to partner with Dr Stewart and his colleagues in Glasgow to launch the first active recruitment of women in the UK to be a part of brain injury and CTE research..”

Information on the work of the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group, including how to register for brain donation is available at: https://gbirg.inp.gla.ac.uk/register-for-brain-donation/

Women interested in participating in research brain donation are encouraged to take the PINK Concussions’ pledge #PINKBrainPledge. For more information on the #PINKBrainPledge visit http://www.pinkconcussions.com/

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