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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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What It Means that Alex Torres Is the First MLB Pitcher to Wear Protective Cap

(What follows is an excerpt of a column written exclusively for Concussion Litigation Reporter by Jordan Kobritz, a former attorney, CPA, and Minor League Baseball team owner as well as a Professor in the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. To view the entire article, subscribe to CLR.)

San Diego Padres pitcher Alex Torres wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement, he was merely trying to protect his head. Torres, a 26-year old lefthander from Venezuela, became the first MLB pitcher to wear a protective cap in a game when he was summoned from the bullpen in the eighth inning of the June 21 game against the Dodgers.

The cap is arguably the ugliest item of clothing ever worn on a baseball diamond. A close second might be the softball-style uniforms worn by the Oakland A’s during the 1970’s at the insistence of their maverick owner, Charles Finley. The new headwear is fitted with energy-diffusing protective plates that create bulges around the sides and front of the cap. Not surprisingly, it’s also heavier than the normal baseball cap, adding seven ounces to the normal 3-4 ounce cap. It looks awkward, but its looks are no more awkward than its name: isoBLOX, manufactured by the company of the same name. The company says the cap can absorb impacts up to 90 miles per hour in the front, and up to 85 miles an hour on the sides.

No sooner had Torres taken the mound then social media erupted with comments, most of them negative and some downright derogatory. Players, commentators, fans and even Torres’ wife mocked him for donning the cap. Padres’ announcer Dick Enberg said the cap “didn’t look sexy,” to which Torres responded, “”Timeout, who the hell cares if it doesn’t look sexy?” For Torres, the cap was all about safety, and with good reason. Every time a pitcher takes the mound, he puts his career – indeed his life – in jeopardy.

While the so-called contact sports – football and hockey – have monopolized the headlines when it comes to concussions, baseball is not immune to such injuries. Concussions are a growing concern in MLB, as evidenced by the fact that a specific rule was instituted in 2011 which allows teams to place players on a seven-day concussion DL (Disabled List). Catchers are particularly at risk, despite their extra padding and protective headgear. In the 2013 season, 18 DL moves were related to concussions, up from a total of 13 in 2012 and 11 in 2011. Ten of the 18 moves involved catchers, including Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross twice. Those numbers pale in comparison to the numbers in the NFL – 190 in 2011 – but every concussion injury should be cause for concern.

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Unequal Technologies Makes Female Athletes a Priority with Protective Equipment

“Women are very interested in what we’re doing,” Robert Vito, CEO of Unequal Technologies, told a newspaper called The Mercury last week.

“There are more concussions in soccer than any other sport, and more and more girls are playing soccer,” he added. “They don’t have their own channel like the NFL, so no one is really looking at it.”

Except for Unequal Technologies, of course. While its original mission was to design and produce protective equipment for the military, Vito and his company have since moved into protective sporting equipment market, where they are firmly focused on, among other things, protecting female athletes.

“I think about these girls who are never going to be professional athletes, but they are out there playing just as hard as if they were,” Vito told the paper.

“I know one girl who missed four months of school because of a concussion. That’s something we have to avoid. We want them back in class as soon as possible and we want them doing long-division with their grandkids years from now.”

Vito hopes his head bands/headgear products will provide some relief, though the evidence that it helps prevent concussions is somewhat contradictory.

The paper quoted one scientist as saying that “some data has shown that use of these devices has actually increased head injuries as it leads to more aggressive play as the athlete feels he or she is more protected due to the use of these devices.”13521446093fm3m

Vito disagreed.

“To people who say girls will play more aggressively with headgear, I recommend they go out to the field and watch them play,” said Vito. “They are already playing as intensely as the boys.”

To see the full article, visit http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131022/protective-equipment-maker-creates-gear-for-girls

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