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Riddell and USA Football Extend Partnership Through 2022

Riddell and USA Football have announced their continued partnership with a new six-year agreement, promising “greater integration serving the football community.”

“As the official protective equipment partner of USA Football, Riddell will continue to assist in fulfilling the organization’s annual grant program, which will award nearly $2 million in 2017 to scholastic and youth football teams.

Chargers host their 2nd Annual USA Football Protection Tour…teaching kids and parents proper equipment fitting, concussion recognition, and tackling techniques.

“Riddell also will become a sponsor of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, employed by high schools, middle schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to educate coaches using materials relevant for virtually every sport young athletes love to play. Riddell’s involvement will be instrumental in advancing Heads Up Football’s message of better and safer play.”

From Dan Arment, President and CEO of Riddell:

“We’re pleased to further our commitment to grow and improve the game through our expanded partnership with USA Football. Their influence in football is wide ranging as they have continued to create expanded programming designed to reach athletes, their parents and coaches in new ways. Together we can broaden awareness around innovation in protective equipment and monitoring technologies, inspire participation and understanding of the game, and enhance the overall football experience for athletes and their families.”

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Are Hockey Helmets Unsafe?

ESPN.com has reported recently that a new study has shown that more than a quarter of all hockey helmets worn by players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are not recommended because of their inability to reduce concussion risk.

Researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech, tested 32 helmets. Nine, reportedly, failed to earn a single star on a five-star scale and were classified as “not recommended.” Just one helmet, made by Warrior Sports, received three stars. The rest received one or two stars.

“In general, they’re low performers,” Stefan Duma, head of Virginia Tech’s department of biomedical engineering and mechanics, told ESPN.com.

For more on the story, visit: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/12564082/virginia-tech-study-hockey-helmets-finds-many-unsafe

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No-Pads Football League Starting to Pick Up Steam

The  A7FL, American 7’s Professional Spring Football League, is picking up steam.

The league (http://www.a7fl.com/), which begins Saturday, features 7 on 7, full-contact play without helmets and shoulder pads. It plays up the fact that the sport is quicker and safer because of the lack of pads and helmets.

A forbes contributor recently wrote about it, claiming it is safer because there are “no pads or helmets being worn with the idea, supported by research, that concussions will be reduced because of the elimination of helmet-to-helmet contact. No punts or kickoffs are held, also to promote safety.”

For the full article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidlariviere/2015/03/13/safety-first-football-league-to-launch-season-next-saturday/


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