Vin Ferrara is the CEO of Xenith and believes that he has found a way to make a football helmet that could revolutionize the game in terms of concussive episodes. The X1 helmet is used by a very small number of professional players, because they are not provided by the NFL/team due to contracts with Riddell and other makers.
Mr. Ferrara is working hard on getting his product out, including great programs with lower level football, extending down to the high school level and earlier. There is a purchasing program they have developed to get these helmets on heads as fast as possible.
I have yet to work with these helmets at my school, however I have convinced the administration and coaches to purchase some for our use. It’s a tough task to eliminate the concussions, and we probably will not, but prevention is the best medicine, as well as being prepared.
Please click on the link to the left (Enlightened Warrior) to see what Mr. Ferrara has in mind and has put on paper. Here is a quote:
BELIEVE IN PREVENTION
First and foremost, anyone involved in athletics should believe that prevention of neurological injury is of paramount importance. An undercurrent of “concussions are inevitable, we just have to manage them” permeates the sports world. Just because some concussions may still occur, this does not warrant an attitude of complete resignation towards preventing the injury. Prevention is possible. Prevention is critical.
I would also like to thank Mr. Ferrara for recognizing the importance of certified athletic trainers as well.