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Patents

The Impact Diverting Helmet System

The Impact Diverting Helmet System is a groundbreaking redesign of the football helmet that can significantly reduce concussions.

 

This quest started over five years ago primarily out of concern for the children playing a game many of us once played as kids. No one seemed to have a viable solution to the growing number of concussions that were happening in the NFL; and if concussions were happening in the NFL; then based on the laws of averages, concussions are also happening at the collegiate level, in high schools,

in community leagues; and at the pee-wee levels of the game of football. 

 

And it is our passion for the game and for the safety of the children, as to why we wouldn't rest until we found a solution to the problem of concussions in the game of football; and our answer to significantly reducing concussions in the game is The Preventer. 

The Problem

After studying the problem for over five years, we found a fundamental flaw in the design of the football helmet; a flaw that we believe is a major contributing factor to concussions.

 

When two football helmets collide, based on Newton's 3rd Law of Motion; it tells us that an equal amount of force is being transferred back unto each player’s head.

 

And since current helmets lack the ability to significantly reduce, absorb, and redirect the energy from the collision starting at the point of impact, the energy from the collision travels the same path directly to the player’s brain.

 
 

The Research

Concussions are an alarming problem that spread well beyond the boundaries of the NFL. Just last year alone, there were 228 reported concussions in the NFL. It is a problem so severe, that its devastating effects can still be felt long after a player’s career is over. So why focus on just the NFL?

 

Concussions are happening at the collegiate level, in high schools, in community leagues, and possibly at the peewee level in the form of headaches. After studying the problem for over five years, we found a fundamental flaw in the design of the football helmet; a flaw that we believe is a major contributing factor to concussions.

 

When two football helmets collide, based on Newton's 3rd Law of Motion; it tells us that an equal amount of force is being transferred back unto each player’s head. And since current helmets lack the ability to significantly reduce, absorb, and redirect the energy from the collision starting at the point of impact, the energy from the collision is transferred back unto the player’s brain.

 

Here’s an example, if you take a drinking glass and drop it onto a hard concrete surface, the drinking glass shatters. Now if you were to take another drinking glass and enclose it within soft foam, and then drop it onto the same hard surface; the glass will not shatter; and that’s because the energy from the collision is being absorbed at the point of impact.

 

And that’s the problem with football helmets in use today, the energy that results from a collision is not being absorbed at the point of impact, the helmets are attempting to absorb the energy after the fact.

 

Our redesign of the football helmet will offer eleven layers of protection; that will absorb the most damaging amount of energy starting at the point of impact; and then further reduce and divert enough of the remaining energy until the most violent collision to the head; can feel like nothing more than a mere pat on the back.

 

To better protect the players of the game of football, especially the children, let’s builds this. Our passion is your safety, our design is revolutionary.

 

 
 

The Theory

 

A helmet that absorbs and redirects the energy from a collision

 

Our dual-core redesign of the football helmet will offer eleven layers of protection; that will absorb the most damaging amount of energy starting at the point of impact; and then further reduce and divert enough of the remaining energy until the most violent collision to the head in the game of football; can feel like nothing more than a mere pat on the back.

The Design

A Helmet Within A Helmet and So Much More

 

The Impact Diverting Helmet System, is designed to divert and absorb the most damaging amount of energy from a collision; starting at the point of impact.

 

The outer shell of the helmet is designed wider on the left and right sides; to add better protection from any side impact collision.

 

The helmet is also designed with added space towards the back of the helmet; to add even more protection from any possible rear impact collisions; or any head to ground collisions that can occur from falling backwards.

 

This helmet design also incorporates specially manufactured components; such as an array of impact diverters that flexes independently of each other the moment any vertical force acts on the helmet.

 

Another specially manufactured component is the elliptical compression clip, it is designed to absorb any shearing or any horizontal force that may act upon the helmet.

 

An extra layer of protection is added when these two components, the impact diverters and the elliptical compression clips are placed between the helmet’s dual cores; this creates a crumple zone which allow the helmet to flex on impact.

 

Included in our redesign is another layer of protection we call the pillow padding; and it works like an air bag in a car. It expands on impact to absorb the energy from a collision; and then replenishes itself.

 

In total, our design will offer eleven layers of protection. The Preventer is a helmet within a helmet and so much more.

 
 

Back to the drawing board