This post has no intention of being inflammatory, rather it is a post designed to hold a conversation and create a counter point. I have been bombarded with information regarding this product; since early 2011 I have not been “on board” with this. It is important to note that this product and its PR firm have been good at communicating with me and have listened, but I do find some of the press regarding this product and similar ones is a bit off base. We do need to understand that what reporters and people say – not affiliated with the product – cannot be controlled buy the company. So that being said I have found and have some opinions on the recent spike of press. Take it for what you want. Just know that I am trying to provide information for everyone to make their own decisions.
It began in 2011 rolling into 2012 when Guardian Caps shot me an email about their product. And from the beginning I was not sold on the promises or the theory. It’s quite simple in my estimation; you can wrap an egg up in 45 pounds of bubble wrap and if you shake it hard enough the yolk will still move or even break. Essentially that is a concussion in an “egg-shell”. Sure, the bubble wrap will stop all linear forces from cracking the shell and even prevent it from moving with those linear forces, but what is it doing to for the acceleration and deceleration of the concussion? Moreover, even though it may be very light, we are adding mass to the head, thus we are creating a fulcrum change and balance change. If you read here enough you know what I am talking about.
However, I have seen fellow athletic trainers rave about this and plenty of teams/coaches/schools adopt this product and even consult me on it, so I thought I would do my best to get the most information possible, on my own. This company was willing to provide me with all the information they thought I needed, so good for them. It really came to a head recently, while in the midst of the NOCSAE statement on 3rd party add-on’s, I received this email from the company;
I wanted to drop a line about both the Aug 9th article “NOCSAE Press Release Clarifies” and a short picture of our product and company as a whole. Thanks for all your hard work with The Concussion Blog. It is a valuable resource and you do a great job presenting an educated, unbiased view.
About NOCSAE certification:
- If companies want to sell equipment that alters the original tested/certified helmet THEY or the individual must re-certify each helmet model it is placed on – adult and youth separate but not sizes.
- Yes, but only if Continue reading