PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Defend Your Head, the sports safety company based in Chester Springs, Pa., is proud to announce unprecedented results of an independent study recently released by Penn State University centered on football related head injuries. The three year study indicates that ProTech, the exclusive soft shell helmet technology developed by DYH, was a primary factor in reducing traumatic head impacts by over 70% to the Nittany Lion players tested.
“ProTech is changing the conversation around football and safety,” stated Defend Your Head Founder, President and former NFL football player John Roman adding, “It’s our goal to make football a safer sport for players at all levels. News of the Penn State study results comes at a time when the importance of safety has been amplified for Illinois youth football leagues. On January 25, 2018 Illinois lawmakers announced the proposal of the ‘Dave Duerson Act,’ a bill which would ban children under the age of twelve from playing tackle football. With the responsible and appropriate concern by parents to improve player safety, we believe it is time parents know solutions exists and ProTech is one of them.”
The compelling results can be seen here in this video link summarizing the independent study.
Glenn Tilley, DYH’s Executive Chairman and CEO observed, “No other add-on safety technology company has subjected itself to this level of independent testing rigor. We are not aware of any add-on technology that has significantly improved the force management attributes of a helmet to the extent of the ProTech. The recent Penn State Study underscores this performance representation.”
The Penn State University research team combined the ProTech soft shell technology with special helmet sensors to monitor collision impact forces and to collect valuable data from every practice and game day. Sensors in the helmets measured impacts of significant G-forces in real time, as well as rotational aspects of each impact and their location on the helmet. In 2015, before players were fitted with ProTech, linemen averaged 101.8 hits greater than 25Gs per player per week and 3 hits greater than 80Gs per player per week. In 2017, after players were fitted with the ProTech, data showed an average of just 20.41 hits over 25Gs per player per week and 0.83 average weekly hits over 80Gs – a dramatic 72%-79% reduction per player, per week in higher intensity impacts to the