Reebok-CCM Hockey, the official outfitter of the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, and several NCAA and national teams, has taken issue with the pronouncements of a competitor, which allegedly claims to reduce rotational acceleration.
The target of its ire is Bauer and its RE-AKT helmet.
“The topic of head injuries in hockey is too important and of serious concern to the general public to be the subject of confusion in the marketplace regarding product performance.” said Phil Dubé, General Manager for Reebok-CCM Hockey.
Reebok-CCM went on to maintain in a press release that it has “at least one helmet that performs significantly better overall than the RE-AKT helmet at reducing rotational acceleration when tested using a peer-reviewed and scientifically published test protocol designed by the University of Ottawa to specifically evaluate ice hockey helmets. The results of that test were statistically significant at the 95 percent confidence level, for all but one head impact location. The test also showed that Reebok-CCM’s helmet performed better at reducing linear acceleration at high speeds to a statistically significant degree.”
The company went on to suggest that “the University of Ottawa’s peer-reviewed and published test protocol using a pneumatic linear impactor to measure rotational impacts is the best test methodology that currently exists to measure rotational impact forces for hockey helmets. The linear impactor simulates player-to-player contact and is similar to a test device created at Wayne State University for the reconstruction of National Football League helmet-to-helmet collisions. There are other test protocols developed in other industries for different types of helmets, such as those worn in motocross or equestrian activities, but those tests do not simulate impacts in a manner that truly mimics the rotational acceleration that can be experienced by hockey players.”